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  • A crazy little thing: Cold love

    A crazy little thing: Cold love

    A fresh start to a new year. Some take it literally and take a dive in the chilling ocean. For most, the thought sends a shiver down the spine. But taking that plunge might not be a bad idea. Should exposing yourself to cold be one of your resolutions?
  • Sinterklaas: Gratitude or lies?

    Sinterklaas: Gratitude or lies?

    It’s almost December: Sinterklaas is now in town and children are eagerly waiting for him, or probably for his gifts. Most children receive many gifts in December, but did you know that children sometimes feel the need to lie in response to Sinterklaas?
  • It takes two to tango

    It takes two to tango

    ‘What’s the point of communication devices if you have nobody to communicate with?' This question is posed by patients who are completely paralyzed and cannot speak. Many of the problems of people with disabilities are societal in nature, not technological
  • Disgusted by Cheese

    Disgusted by Cheese

    Sandwiches at business lunches, cozy fondue evenings, vegetarian meals – cheese is everywhere. Scientific research now shows that a substantial proportion of the population are disgusted by this type of food, and that this disgust is reflected in the brain
  • Should research always be fun?

    Should research always be fun?

    Sometimes it is necessary to elicit negative feelings in studies. For example, by getting socially anxious participants to give a speech that will be judged by peers. A difficult task for participants, but it results in important insights in this disorder.
  • The Horrors of Halloween: Trick or Treat?

    The Horrors of Halloween: Trick or Treat?

    Falling leaves, days getting darker: the end of October is approaching! While some people prefer to stay warm by the fire, there are others who would rather go out in search of a good scare during Halloween. But why do some people enjoy being scared silly?
  • Are you on the pill?

    Are you on the pill?

    “Are you on the pill?” This question should always be put to female participants in psychological research. Here’s why researchers should not ignore pill use. And some tips and tricks for pill research…
  • Could you recognize our future Einstein?

    Could you recognize our future Einstein?

    Did you know Einstein didn’t talk till he was four or read till he was seven? Or that Edison’s parents and teachers thought him retarded? Today we consider Einstein and Edison geniuses. How come their giftedness was not recognized when they were children?
  • Love is in the… brain!

    Love is in the… brain!

    Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Even if you don’t, you probably express your love to your partner on other occasions. Love is something we all experience in life. What happens in the brain when we’re in love?
  • Bridges between education and neuroscience

    Bridges between education and neuroscience

    Educational science and neuroscience - can they benefit one another? Researchers in both fields are enthusiastic to build bridges, but the expectations must be realistic. An educational neuroscience meeting was hosted in Leiden to get the dialogue going.
  • Finding your way in virtual reality

    Finding your way in virtual reality

    There are tremendous differences in how well people can navigate: some people just always get lost. This is also a serious problem in brain-damaged patients. Yet there are no tools to diagnose or treat navigation problems. Virtual reality is the solution!
  • Living with gender dysphoria

    Living with gender dysphoria

    You may have heard the phrase ‘born in a wrong body’. However, for anyone who isn’t transsexual, it is very difficult to imagine what that feels like and how it affects our daily lives. Where does the feeling, gender dysphoria come from in the first place?
  • Eating to stop

    Eating to stop

    Lorenza Colzato | | 0
    A famous statement of the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach is "Der Mensch ist, was er iβt" (you are what you eat), but is it really true that the food we eat modulates the way we think and perceive the world?
  • Refueling your mental engine, cheap and easy!

    Refueling your mental engine, cheap and easy!

    Bryant Jongkees | | 2
    Ever feel like your brain is running out of fuel? Our study shows that eating the right food can give you back that edge needed to keep up your great performance. In fact, food is found to be an efficient and easy way to enhance your cognition!
  • Do the peanut butter sniff test

    Do the peanut butter sniff test

    Rebecca Joubert | | 0
    By using the peanut butter test it is possible to determine whether someone is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This is the outcome of a study published in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.
  • Learning is a series of sprints, not a marathon

    Learning is a series of sprints, not a marathon

    Many students (and people in general) like to mass their efforts to boost short-term performance when an important exam or deadline is approaching. Scientific research points to a more functional and efficient long-term strategy to raise performance.
  • Why aren’t robots doing my laundry yet?

    Why aren’t robots doing my laundry yet?

    We are still waiting for robots that make our everyday life easier by doing the dishes and cleaning our homes. Of course, we have machines such as Roombas that can vacuum, sort of, but why do we still have to bother doing all those boring things ourselves?
  • The compensatory effects of food

    The compensatory effects of food

    Laura Steenbergen | | 0
    The economic crisis has resulted in many budget cuts in health care and general care programs. The population as a whole is aging, and yet we desire to stay independent as long as possible. How can we retain the cognitive abilities supporting independence?
  • Brain scars

    Brain scars

    Abuse or neglect as a child may lead to the development of anxiety or depression related symptoms years later. Are traces of childhood adversities also visible in our brain? And if so, what does this mean?
  • Cannabis use: doorway to creativity or to delusions?

    Cannabis use: doorway to creativity or to delusions?

    Meriem Manaï | | 4
    Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in the world and it has been used for centuries. Many acclaimed artists from a variety of disciplines, maintain its usefulness in the enhancement of creativity. However, is there any truth in their claims?