Two days ago it was S. Valentine’s day and as I promised in my previous post, this week I will talk about monogamy and falling in love in humans and their possible molecular correlates. However, if you also want to have a more comprehensive view about monogamy in animals and you missed my previous post… Continue reading How does our brain fall in love?
The closer I get to the end of my Phd contract here in Germany, the heavier the workload as a PhD student and, consequently, I did not have any time to think nor write in the past weeks. Apart from the usual work with experiments, these past weeks I had to be an assistant for… Continue reading Which is the hormone of monogamy?
In my last week’s post (if you missed it, have a look here), while I was talking about how the first studies on memory started and the animal model used, I mentioned a particular structure of the brain called hippocampus. Since I have been mentioning different areas of the brain also while I was presenting… Continue reading Why is the hippocampus important in memory formation?
Following up on my neuromodulators topic (have a look at my previous posts about serotonin and oxytocin), today I will talk about the “stress” or “fight-or-flight” hormone: adrenaline. Experiencing a stressful event usually triggers the release of adrenaline, the “stress hormone”, that in turn produces well-orchestrated physiological changes. The stress response begins in the brain,… Continue reading What is the “fight-or-flight” response?
Following up on chemical messengers used by the brain and their modulators, today I will talk about oxytocin, the “love molecule”. Oxytocin is a neuromodulator, that is, as I already written on my previous post about serotonin, a molecule able to modulate the transmission of information among neurons. However, oxytocin is also a hormone (basically,… Continue reading What about the love molecule?
Unfortunately, my period of depression is still on and despite few moments of calm and tranquility, as soon as something happens, I fall right back down into it and getting back to a positive view and to quiet seas were to swim happily before finally being able to touch dry land and get out of… Continue reading Which is the “molecule of happiness”?