“Hidden” thoughts in visual part of brain

How much control do you have over your thoughts? What if you were specifically told not to think of something – like a pink elephant? A recent study led by UNSW psychologists has mapped what happens in the brain when a person tries to suppress a thought. The neuroscientists managed to ‘decode’ the complex brain activity … Continue reading “Hidden” thoughts in visual part of brain

Gut-brain link could change autism treatment

A discovery by RMIT researchers has confirmed a gut-brain nervous system link in autism, opening a new direction in the search for potential treatments that could ease behavioural issues associated with autism by targeting the gut. Lead researcher, Elisa Hill-Yardin from RMIT University, says scientists trying to understand autism have long been looking in the … Continue reading Gut-brain link could change autism treatment

Scientists don’t really get the female brain

Science tells us that female and male brains are different yet biomedical research is largely conducted on males, as if they’re a neutral stand-in for the human population as a whole. The problem is, female brains can have starkly different neuroimmune responses from males. And our lack of basic understanding is having a very real … Continue reading Scientists don’t really get the female brain