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…

How to read a baby’s mind

By Priya Silverstein  Edited by Jonathan and Rachael Priya, a guest writer for The Brain Domain, is a second-year PhD student at Lancaster University. She spends half her time playing with babies and the other half banging her head against her computer screen. Okay, I’ll admit that was a bit of a clickbait-y title. But…

Brain-controlled mice face robobugs

­ By Monika Sledziowska, Edited by Oly & Jonathan  Have you ever wondered how realistic was the mind control technology presented in Kingsman: the secret service? I can’t claim to go to many Hollywood parties, but I may have an idea. In a lesser-known series of experiments, in the 1960s a Yale University Professor, Jose Delgado,…

Reflections on Epilepsy

This reflection article was written by Chantal about her experiences of epilepsy and the treatments she has undergone. Chantal is happy to be contacted by our readers, to do so please use our Contact Us form and we will pass on your message. The Story I Tell at Parties By Chantal Mynda Müller-Cohn Editors: Kira and…

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness: What Happens When We Meditate?

By Joseph Holloway Edited by Jonathan and Rachael Joe is a guest writer for The Brain Domain, and is currently pursuing an MSc in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches, as well as an MA in 18th Century Literary Studies, at the University of Exeter. ‘Mindfulness’ is a word that has gathered momentum over the last…

The indirect applications of leisure technology

As grant applications within science become increasingly competitive, the pressure grows to highlight the direct benefits of one’s research to human health and prosperity. These are the impact statements–is your research going to directly contribute to the “cure”? Unfortunately, this attitude obscures a very important source of new knowledge and tools–simple curiosity and ‘play’. It…

Perceptions of mental illness: Do biological explanations reduce stigma?

(If you haven’t already, read my related article ‘Perceptions of mental illness: The media and mental health’.) Written by Rae  Edited by Jonathan   Over the last few years there has been a drive in mental health research to find biological explanations for mental illnesses, both to better understand the disorders themselves and to counteract the associated…

♥ Achy-breaky heart? Try touchy-feely brain! ♥

Written by Laura Smith As today is Valentine’s day, let’s get a bit touchy-feely. Whether you’re looking forward to a date with your significant other; planning to profess your feelings to a special someone; or hoping your soulmate will sweep you off your feet, you’d probably like to share a romantic caress. But what happens…

Whatever you end up doing this Valentine’s day, we hope you enjoy this cathartic moan about your very closest companion, your brain. This poem is inspired by one from this film, but I didn’t have to tell you that, did I?  Please follow the links (underlined text) in the poem to learn more about the…