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Catastrophic Thinking: Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill

Anonymous | 17.MAY.2021 | Reflection

“You have an anxiety disorder.” The first time I heard those words I felt relief wash over me. This wasn’t normal. The panic attacks, the low self-esteem, the wish to disappear from existence. Now it had a name, and I started to believe I could manage it. Read More…


Smoke and Mirrors of Drug addiction | Debunking the myth part 1

Francesca Keefe | 14.APR.2021 | Discussion

Is the public perception of illicit drug users wrong? The media often promotes the stereotype of illicit drug users as violent thugs, always on the hunt for their next “high”. Here, I challenge an assortment of neuromyths in drug addiction, which have, arguably, tainted public perception and have had severe repercussions on clinical research and innovation.Read More…


How being sick could make you sicker: The role of peripheral inflammation in depressive disorders.

Valentina Bart | 01.APR.2021 | Research

Mental health is a topic that is becoming increasingly important in everyday life. Presently, 1 in 6 children between the ages of 5 and 16 struggle with mental health issues, with the NHS reporting mental health problems to be the biggest cause of disability in the UK. It is often said that physical exercise is important for mental well-being. Taking this idea further and looking at current research, it becomes clear that a sick body could severely harm your mental health. Read More…


The Mad King of England: Neuroscience behind the Royal Malady

Ian Fox| 17.MAR.2021 | Research

George III was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 to 1820. He ascended the throne of Britain when he was only 23 years old and he reigned for just over 40 years – making him one of Britain’s longest ruling monarchs. His reign was marked by great national unrest, including the loss of the American War of Independence and then – only a few years later – the constant threat of invasion by Napoleonic France. Under his leadership, Britain navigated through the storm of war, eventually triumphing over France in 1815, and this brought about a 100-year long peace in Europe – known as ‘Pax Britannia’.Now, I know what you are thinking – what does this have to do with neuroscience and the brain? Read More…


Why do we Parent? Ancient Brain Circuits for Parental Care

Matt Higgs | 03.MAR.2021

I for one predicted that all the extra time that couples have spent inside last year would result in a 2021 baby boom. In fact, PwC predicts that we might actually be facing a baby bust, since couples are postponing their pregnancy plans to later dates. While the factors causing couples to delay or pushforward pregnancy are interesting, the question that interests me as a neuroscientist is perhaps more fundamental – I want to understand what happens in our brain to motivate us to care for our children. Essentially – what is parenting and why do we do it? Read More…