The importance of spontaneous brain activity

Our brain reminds me of New York City: a place that never sleeps. There’s always something going on in our brains even when we are asleep or not paying attention. I invite you to watch the 5.min lesson on “How spontaneous brain activity keeps you alive” by Nathan S. Jacobs to know more about this topic….

The meaningfulness of effect sizes in the social and behavioural sciences

Today I jointd the seminar on “The meaningfulness of effect sizes in the social and behavioural sciences in light of the reproducibility crisis” given by Thomas Schäfer, a Professor for Quantitative Research Methods at MSB Medical School Berlin. Here’s the abstract of the seminar: ABSTRACT: Effect sizes are the currency of the social and behavioral sciences….

Can neuroscience help us understand art?

Neuroaesthetics is a term that has been invented to refer to the project of studying art using the methods of neuroscience, and over the years has become a hot research field. It is not unusual for scientists and theorists of art to collaborate on papers that find their way into top scientific journals. But, how these two disciplines…

The importance of digital detox

Given that during this quarantine (my “quaratinrene“) I’m using my own room to do different tasks (e.g., sleep, meditate, do yoga, work, draw, illustrate, read, watch movies, rest…) I find it really hard to focus on just one task and make a proper task-transition without mind-wandering or thinking about something else. Maybe because of the…

The perfect BSO for working from home

Today I would like to share with you a great music project that has turned out to be my perfect BSO for this working-from-home-quarantine. You might already know it, but I feel that I have to share it with whoever is reading these words. It’s no more than the great concept of RADIO PARADISE! For…

My mental health crisis

I remember that a few years ago a colleague from my research group presented a paper about the mental health crisis in graduate students. By that time I was in the middle of my master’s degree and I didn’t feel like I was in that state to suffer stress and anxiety because of my studies…

Visualizing the Global Network of Languages

Interactive nodal network diagrams can offer some of the most well-supplied data exploration opportunities in the  world of data graphics. The Macro Connections Group at MIT Media Lab released Global Language Network, an interactive visualization of the relationships among the world’s many languages. This colorful web of information represents an ideal use of the nodal diagram as…

The Bilingual Brain

As scientists unlock more of the neurological secrets of the bilingual brain, they’re learning that speaking more than one language may have cognitive benefits that extend from childhood into old age. Parlez vous francais? Sprechen Sie Deutsches? Parli italiano? Hablas español? If so, and you also speak any other language, your brain may have developed some…