Reading Without Seeing

By Melissa Wright Edited By Chiara & Sam When the seeing brain goes blind In the late 90’s, a blind 63-year old woman was admitted to a university hospital emergency room. After complaining to co-workers of light-headedness that morning, she had collapsed and become unresponsive. Within the 48 hours following her admission, after what was…

It’s Fright Night!

By Lucy Lewis Edited By Lauren & Sophie Halloween is the time for all things scary, and the best thing for scaring people is to put on a good horror movie, preferably something with creepy dark figures appearing suddenly after a long, tense build up. But what is it about these films that gets us so freaked…

Can’t hear someone at a loud party? Just turn your head!

By Josh Stevenson-Hoare Edited By Lucy & Sophie At one point or another, we have all been in this uncomfortable situation. You are talking to someone at a party, and then had the realisation – you can’t understand a word they are saying. You smile and nod along until they get to what sounds like a question….

Microglia: Guardians of the Brain

By Ruth Jones Edited by Sam & Chiara Our Immune System works hard to protect us from unwanted bugs and help repair damage to our bodies. In our brains, cells called Microglia are the main immune players. Microglia are part of a group of immune cells called Macrophages, which translates from Greek as “big-eaters”. Much…

My reflections on studying Parkinson’s Disease

By Dr. Lucia Fernandez Cardo  Edited by Sam & Chiara Parkinson’s disease (PD) owes its name to Doctor James Parkinson, who in 1817 described the disorder in his manuscript “An essay on the shaking palsy”. It has been 200 years since we began to study this disease, and despite the advances in understanding, we are still far from…

The healing power of companionship

  By Shireene Kalbassi Edited By Sophie & Monika When it comes to the recovery of wounds and other medical conditions, most people probably think of hospital beds, antibiotics, and maybe some stitches. What probably doesn’t come to mind is the role that companionship may play in speeding up the healing process. And yet, studies in humans…

Learning to make healthier food choices

By Sophie Waldron  Edited By Jonathan If you haven’t already, read Sophie’s first article ‘Learn, eat, repeat: how food advertising works’! You are sitting down at a desk and a huge burger comes floating towards you. It gets bigger and bigger as it advances, faster and faster. Luckily, you know what you have to do. Don’t press anything…

Learn, eat, repeat: how food advertising works

By Sophie Waldron  Edited By Jonathan You woke up late and ate breakfast late. Thing is, now it’s noon and you are hungry again. How can you be hungry when you only ate an hour ago? When interacting with our environment, we form associations between items that occur together. This occurs with food, for example…

Can we solve problems in our sleep?

By Sam Berry Edited by Becca Loux Becca is a guest editor for Brain Domain and an avid fan of science, technology, literature, art and sunshine–something she appreciates more than ever now living in Wales. She is studying data journalism and digital visualisation techniques and building a career in unbiased, direct journalism. Have you heard the…

Why I do What I do: Reflections on Schizophrenia research.

By Niels Haan Edited by Jonathan Dr Niels Haan is a postdoctoral researcher based at the NMHRI, Cardiff University. He has previously written an article about his research for us, which you can read here. This post is dedicated to the memory of Dick van der Lee (1962-2018). Take it away, Dick. Ask any savvy medical researcher…

What’s this science communication and public engagement stuff all about?

By Helen Obee Reardon Edited by Jonathan Helen is a guest writer for The Brain Domain, and is the Impact Specialist in the Business Interface team at Cardiff School of Engineering. She has an MSc Communicating Science and fifteen years’ experience in engagement and science communication. Science communication and public engagement are terms often used…