The Fugue of Life: Why Complexity Matters in Physiology and Neuroscience
Brain Basics / Did You Know? / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

The Fugue of Life: Why Complexity Matters in Physiology and Neuroscience

People like simplicity. Each decade, corporate logos grow progressively minimalistic, pop songs use ever simpler melodies, and visual art embraces simpler compositions, as Monet gives way to Picasso and Picasso gives way Rothko.  This zeitgeist, summarized as “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” shapes our perceptions of physiology in interesting ways.  The thumping of a beating … Continue reading

A Tale of Monogamy and Dopamine
Did You Know? / Sensation and Perception

A Tale of Monogamy and Dopamine

In a recent hack, private information from nearly 30 million users was leaked from Ashley Madison, a “dating” website intended to facilitate extramarital affairs.  The sheer number of Ashley Madison users on this website raises some age-old questions of monogamy: is it instinctual, or even healthy?  What is it about our brains that cause some … Continue reading

Our Year in Neuroscience
Did You Know? / Neuro News / Popular Articles

Our Year in Neuroscience

2015 was a great year for neuroscience and an incredible year for Knowing Neurons.  With the launch of our 52 Brain Facts, Brain Books, YouTube channel, and Instagram account, we now have over 5,800 subscribers, 11,800+ likes on Facebook, and 3,600+ followers on Twitter!  We are excited to bring you even more neuroscience research, technologies, interviews, book reviews, brain facts, … Continue reading

Melatonin: An Old Hormone with New Tricks
Did You Know? / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders / Sleep

Melatonin: An Old Hormone with New Tricks

Melatonin: you’ve undoubtedly seen it in the supplement aisle at the drugstore…that natural sleep remedy your aunt recommended once, sounding vaguely like a portmanteau of mellow and serotonin.  But between the occasional internet medical forum and your would-be pharmacist aunt, how much do you really know about this sandman hormone? Melatonin is an ancient, multipurpose … Continue reading

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Discusses the Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain
Brain Development / Did You Know? / Videos

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Discusses the Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain

What brain regions are employed when we interact with other people?  Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains the “social brain” in her TED talk and sheds light on the complex networks that enable us to evaluate the mental states of other people.  Her research focuses on the development of the social brain during adolescence.  Watch Dr. … Continue reading