Category Archives: Brain

‘Imagine’


  Our attitudes can be influenced by both our imagination and experiences. The ventromedial prefrontal cortex plays a key role by binding together information based on existing knowledge and constructing imaginary events to help shape our attitudes of a situation. Roland G. Benoit, Philipp C. Paulus & Daniel L. Schacter, (2019), ‘Imagine…’ Our attitudes can change solely by the power of imagination, Neuroscience News, May 17.

Sniffing pleasant odours may decrease cigarette craving


Pleasant olfactory cues hold promise for helping to curb the urge to smoke in those who are quitting. Exposure to olfactory cues reduced symptoms of cravings, with effects lasting up to five minutes following exposure. Sayette, M A. et. al., 2019, “Journal of Abnormal Psychology”.

Brain marker for angry dreams


People with greater frontal alpha asymmetry are less able to regulate strong, emotional, affective states, such as anger, in their dreams. Researchers have identified a pattern of brain activity that predicts anger experienced during dreaming, according to a new study of healthy adults published in Journal of Neuroscience. Source: Sikka, P et. al., 2019, Journal of Neuroscience

Time slows as we age


A Duke University researcher has a new explanation for why those endless days of childhood seemed to last so much longer than they do now. According to Adrian Bejan, the J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke, this apparent temporal discrepancy can be blamed on the ever-slowing speed at which images are obtained and processed by the human brain as the body ages resulting in a slower rate of image processing which speeds up our perception of time as […]