Life of Prion

Or What Links Cannibalism to Foot and Mouth Disease?    By Simona Zahova Edited by Jon & Sophie A peculiar group of proteins, prions, have earned a mythical status in sci-fi due to their unorthodox properties and unusual history. These deadly particles often play a villainous role in fiction, appearing in the Jurassic Park franchise, and countless…

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…

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…

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…

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 stigma….