Is pessimism better than optimism?

Everybody has a different outlook or perspective on almost everything. Some people like to believe the good side of events while some are inclined to do the exact opposite. Then the question arises of … [Read more...]

Dreams: Can you catch them

A picture of a person sleeping (c) Mdf, CC BY-SA 3.0 Like most people, I barely remember my dreams. I remeber that last night I had a dream, but I don't know what it was about. Sometimes I can … [Read more...]

Caffeine sensitivity

A picture of Taiwanese bubble tea (c) Mdf, CC BY-SA 3.0 During the winter break, a cup of bubble tea kept me awake for a whole night. This was not the first time that small doses of caffeine … [Read more...]

Do You Think Spice Is Nice? Factors That Determine Spice Tolerance

Chili Peppers (C) Mdf, CC-BY-SA 3.0 A little while ago, my family and I ate some takeout for dinner. My mom tried one of the dishes and remarked, "This is really spicy." However, I had barely felt … [Read more...]

The Brains of Extroverts and Introverts

Extroverts vs. Introverts (C) Mdf, CC-BY-SA 3.0 Extroversion and introversion are aspects of people's personalities that describe the way that a particular person focuses and gains their energy. An … [Read more...]

Meat to Flies

Photo: Spontaneous Generation — via class connection Do flies come from red meat? No. Although this is common sense to us, in the 15th century scientists believed in the theory of spontaneous … [Read more...]

Inside the Body: MRI and MEG

MRI brain scans, Heggie, Liddell & Maher (2000), Public Domain Last Wednesday at FSL, we were lucky enough to tour a SFU medical imaging lab at Surrey Memorial hospital. There, two machines … [Read more...]

More than Mere Notes: Music on the Brain

Jean-Gabriel Ferlan performing at a piano recital, (c) Public Domain It's another run-of-the-mill, ordinary, plain-Jane day. My mom is ever so kindly sending me to class, and the radio mindlessly … [Read more...]

The Story behind the Hippocampus

"Enlightenment Animation" by Triplet 3D is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 So what exactly is the hippocampus? Its a small but imperative part of the brain that primarily plays a role in creating … [Read more...]

MRIs and MEGs Working Together

MRI machine via Wikipedia CC BY-SA 4.0 You probably know what an MRI is: A very powerful magnetic-field emitting machine used to see your body's organs and structures. MEGs are not as well-known, … [Read more...]