Sugars or sweeteners?
Are you craving something sweet? You better take a regular coke than a cola light. Your brain responds beter to sugars than to sweeteners. That is the conclusion of researcher Anna Maria van Opstal.
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A special headset to help you sleep better - dream or reality?
Een speciale headset die via elektrodes je hersenen helpt ‘herprogrammeren’. Zo'n ‘slaapmuts’ kan volgens onderzoeksinstituut Brainclinics in Nijmegen een simpele oplossing bieden bij slaapproblemen.
A special headset that helps your brain to 'reprogram' using electrodes. It is supposed to be a simple solution for those who have difficulty sleeping. But, does it really work? Is this a dream or reality? Professor Guido Band of the LUMC explains why neurofeedback really does work.
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The effect of music on our brain
30 November 2018 a symposium about music in relation to the brain was held, rganized by the Leiden Insititue of Brain and Cognition and the town of Leiden.
A lot of interesting questions were answerd that day, such as:
- Why does music have the ability to move us, cheer us up or irritate us?
- Why do we feel a compulsion to move or sway when we hear music? Are we the only species that feel this compulsion?
- On what does Spotify base the suggestions we get?
There were also musical performances to stimulate brain activity. The famous Calefax together with scientist Rebecca Schaefer made use of monitoring tools to monitor brain activity to track what music does to our brain. During lunch break there were many other musical performances to be enjoyed. In conclusion the Dutch Sign Language Choir performed a couple of songs. They got a standing ovation, hands up in the air. With the words "Music is for everybody, Rebecca Schaefer concluded this succesful day.
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