With this post I want to go back to the story of how I ended up doing a PhD in Germany and I would say that we are almost close to the point where I made my choice for the following three years of my life. Few months after I started the Master of Science… Continue reading What is autophagy?
This week I will follow up with my MRes time in York (UK) (have a look here if you missed my last post) and, after presenting to you the medical problem behind my research, today I would use this post to talk about bacteria. Indeed, bacteria are very important for the humankind and they are… Continue reading Why are bacteria important?
Unfortunately, my mental health is still very precarious and I have been forced to make decisions about my life that have not been easy to take. Having to think about what to do in my life after my PhD contract ends in August 2020 and knowing that by making a choice I would either renounce… Continue reading What is the cognitive dissonance?
In this week post I will present to you the case of Phineas Gage, an American railroad worker whose case change drastically the knowledge of the frontal lobes (you can see one of his pictures below). The famous picture of Phineas Gage, holding the metal bar that pierced is skull. From neuroscienze.net This incredible story… Continue reading What happens when a metal bar gets stuck between our cheek and forehead?
Following up on last week’s new theme (have a look here if you missed it), today I will introduce to you a new area of the brain: the amygdala. The amygdala is an almond-shaped cluster of nuclei located deep and medially within the temporal lobes of the brain in complex vertebrates, including humans (see picture… Continue reading How can we start fearing something even before consciously realising it?
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?
Coming back to my last semester of my last year of Master’s in Neurobiology, today I will talk about memory and in particular about the first pioneer studies by the neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate Erik Kandel, that wanted to study memory from a neurophysiological point of view and that demonstrated how learning leaves traces in… Continue reading How did we start to study memory?
In March 2015 I finally started my last semester of the Master´s in Neurobiology. Courses-wise, the semester was actually not so intense, we just had two courses, but I finally got repaid of all the efforts I had to put into getting myself around Physics, Neurophysiology and some not-so-nice professors: I was eventually connecting all… Continue reading How is Coca-Cola using Pavlovian conditioning?
After the last few posts about my Neurobiology Master’s thesis, today I would like to follow up on the story of how I ended up doing a PhD in Germany and I will write about the first semester of my second and last year of Master’s. After that pretty hard first year, where I realized… Continue reading What is a prion?
Today I will talk again about the neuromodulators used by the brain (you can find a quick description of what a neuromodulator is here and a description of serotonin, oxytocin, adrenaline and dopamine by clicking on their names) and I will write about the neuropeptide Y (NPY), the most abundant neuropeptide in the brain that,… Continue reading Do we have an anxiolytic neuromodulator?