Grief is something we all encounter. Whether it's losing a loved one, a friend, a job and everything else, loss can have a profound effect on us and our brains. Dr Lisa Shulman has delved into the notion of loss and grief and their impacts upon the brain in her book Before and After Loss: A Neurologist's Perspective on Loss, Grief and the Brain.
We all feel a little lonely sometimes - but what does loneliness and isolation do to the human mind? Professor Nathan Spreng tells us how loneliness is similar to hunger, a signal that we need nourishment from social interaction and what loneliness can lead to happening in the brain.
Neurologist Dr Randall Wright says our brain can react to binge watching television the same way as it does becoming addicted to drugs. By tapping into the brain's pleasure circuit, our brains can physically rewire to want more of the digital stimuli. But, by making sure it doesn’t interfere with our sleep and making it social, we can still enjoy online content.
It’s one of the most tumultuous events to happen to a woman, but very little study has been undertaken about what pregnancy does to the brain. In this episode of HuffPost’s original series on the inner workings of the mind, neuroscientist Sarah McKay explains how the body prepares itself for pregnancy changes and what the lasting effects can be on a person’s brain function.
Exercise causes profound changes in brain structure and function and these changes can have really important effects, both in the short and the long term, on our mood and our mental abilities. In this episode cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Tom Bullock explains how exercise supercharges our decision making, the surprising possibility of why we get an exercise ‘high’ and how it can help restore the brain as we age.
It is increasingly clear the coronavirus can cause many neurological issues, from mild cognitive decline to severe inflammation.
These three key periods of dynamic brain changes may be particularly sensitive to the harmful effects of alcohol.
Sleep has remained a mystery throughout the history of neuroscience and it isn’t until recently that technology enabled us to see what’s occurring in the brain when we sleep. In this episode of HuffPost’s original series on the inner workings of the mind, neuroscientist Professor Jeff Iliff explains why it’s important to get a good night’s sleep and how it helps the brain function better.
Throughout history we have seen love shape our lives, our societies and our economies. It may be assumed that our hearts drive this emotion, but in reality it is our brains. In this episode of HuffPost’s original series on the inner workings of the mind, biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher, explains what exactly is happening when the brain is in love.
I forgot my parents’ names and my favourite colour. I forgot how to walk. I no longer even knew whether or not I liked yoghurt.