A downside to the “love drug”

If you’ve heard of the hormone oxytocin, you’ve probably heard it called the “love drug”, due to its known role in human bonding and empathy.  One of the many potential uses put forward for such a miracle molecule is a treatment for autism, which is characterized by difficulty in social interactions and empathizing…but some argue…

Meditation can change the brain’s response to emotion

There is a surging interest in the idea of neuroplasticity, that even adults can change their brains. Mindful meditation is one of the forerunners for methods of adjusting brain function, and not just in the regions of attention that you might expect; there’s also some compelling evidence that mindfulness can impact the regions of your…

Mind-Controlling Parasites Will Shape the Future

The next revolution in understanding the brain is nigh, and it will pivot on cells first observed under a microscope almost 350 years ago: bacteria. The first clue, for me, was toxoplasmosis. Or backing up even further, the first hint was a scene from BBC’s Planet Earth, which gave my older sister a severe case of…