Can our minds be hijacked?

Almost three years ago when I was volunteering at a cafe in a Buddhist meditation center, I read this article from The Guardian for the first time and it really hit me. Today, I read it again and I would like to share here some thoughts and quotes about it. The article focuses on various…

The impact of mass media on our brains

In a recent post I wrote about “What happens in our brain when we are talking to someone?” and I used a TED post and TED talk from Uri Hasson as reference. This time, I would like to re-use it and put under the spotlight not only the communication between our brains but also the…

Why have we lost so much short-term memory capacity compared to chimpanzees?

The answer is in this Twitter threat by Brian Roemmele: Consider: millions of years ago our antecedents gave a massive sacrifice of their left hemisphere. We lost a tremendous amount of short term memory and replaced it with Broca’s, Wernicke & the phonological loop. But why? So we can—talk. Thus chimpanzees can do this—we can’t:…

What happens in our brain when we are talking to someone?

I recently came across with a TED post about how our brain is in communication according to the findings of Uri Hasson’s lab. Across a different pipeline of studies, Hasson and colleagues show that when we are listening to someone our brain responses become coupled to the speaker ones. That means that our brains produce…

How do we create memories?

Have you ever thought about how our brain registers all the memories that we live? How we are able to easily recall a memory from the past like as it had happened yesterday? Or why do we remember so many details (or not) of the most important days in our lives? I recently watched an…