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  • Does taking Ritalin make you smarter?

    Does taking Ritalin make you smarter?

    Fréderique Arntz | | 0
    Could Ritalin be the new smart pill? Under college students the notion that taking Ritalin leads to better exam results is popular! Read this blog to find out whether this is true and if Ritalin actually increases learning and thus academic performance.
  • Brain for breakfast

    Brain for breakfast

    Lisa Marie Kraushaar | | 0
    Glucose is known as a type of sugar which functions for the brain as fuel. You can deliver glucose with a rich breakfast. But how can eating breakfast possibly help us to boost our brain?
  • Brains? Consider the gut!

    Brains? Consider the gut!

    Hippocrates once said “All disease begins in the gut”. Recent studies suggest even disorders seen as psychological or neurological may actually be related to your gut. Here’s why we should pay more attention to the link between the gut and the brain.
  • E-cigarettes: Is there safety in smoking?

    E-cigarettes: Is there safety in smoking?

    Rob Camstra | | 0
    Is there safety in smoking? We all know about the dangers of cigarettes, but a recent trend has appeared to mitigate many of these dangers. In this article I look at what the science says about electronic cigarettes: How safe are they really?
  • Eat, modafinil, work, repeat: Can sleep be replaced?

    Eat, modafinil, work, repeat: Can sleep be replaced?

    Rebecca Mourits | | 0
    Ever pulled an all-nighter to get the job done? Then you’ll know firsthand: lack of sleep leaves us cranky, forgetful and distracted. If you’re not a big fan of coffee, there now may be something else to reboot your system.
  • But first, coffee.

    But first, coffee.

    Pauline van der Wel | | 1
    Although findings on the cognitive enhancing properties of caffeine are mixed, under certain conditions consuming caffeine may be beneficial on the short- and long-term. I here provide you with 3 good reasons to drink coffee from a cognitive perspective.
  • It’s about chocolate.

    It’s about chocolate.

    Annelies van Ingen | | 0
    Celebration, mindfulness and small pieces – the secret to a happy life with chocolate.
  • A food supplement to influence social behavior?!

    A food supplement to influence social behavior?!

    Tryptophan (TRP) is one of the most investigated amino-acids and can increase serotonin levels in the brain. For this, numerous studies have investigated the influence of TRP administration on social behavior, which we review in our recent publication.
  • Eat nuts to not go nuts!

    Eat nuts to not go nuts!

    Janna Kullmann | | 0
    Nuts are well known for its healthy fats, nutrients and vitamins but how can eating nuts possibly help us to boost our memory functions and recover memory ability in case of dementia?
  • They might be giants

    They might be giants

    Christian Funke | | 0
    A vast number of high protein foods, which promise to support the muscle growth, are very common among bodybuilders. But could those dietary supplements even have the potential to influence the brain function?
  • Eating your way out to longevity and well-being

    Eating your way out to longevity and well-being

    Within twenty years Europe will face a situation where the largest population cohort will be those over the age of 65. Can food supplementations slow down, and (partially) compensate for the negative consequences associated with getting older?
  • Better food – better prisoners?

    Better food – better prisoners?

    Kim Nolte | | 0
    How enhanced nutrition influences behavior. By enhancing the diet of prisoners, a more sociable behavior may be implemented.
  • Do you want to improve your brain? Become a hipster.

    Do you want to improve your brain? Become a hipster.

    Batsheva Mannheim | | 0
    We know that food influences our health and cognitive functioning. But what is surprising, is that the compound with the worst reputation, fat, might actually be able to improve your cognitive functions!
  • Sugar, does it make your brain hit the gas or the brake?

    Sugar, does it make your brain hit the gas or the brake?

    Laura Kolijn | | 0
    As I remember from my experiences in primary and secondary school, we were only allowed to take sweets into the class room during tests. Because, as teachers argued, “sugar gives you the energy your brain needs to stay focused on the test”. Really?
  • Spice up your cognition with curcumin

    Spice up your cognition with curcumin

    Iliana Samara | | 0
    Being able to stay focused and having a strong memory is what mostly all students wish for. So, is there a way to fulfill that wish easily with just a few tweaks to our culinary habits?
  • Mediterranean diet can reduce risk on Alzheimer’s Disease

    Mediterranean diet can reduce risk on Alzheimer’s Disease

    Tamara van Donge | | 0
    Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the world. It is a progressive disease which is characterized by the loss of synapses and dendrites in the cortex and hippocampus.
  • Alcohol intolerance: understanding your drunk Asian friends

    Alcohol intolerance: understanding your drunk Asian friends

    Rick van Koert | | 9
    Alcohol tolerance differs among people.This especially gets clear when drinking with people of Asian descent. After a few drinks, they often show a red face and vomiting is imminent. Now don’t make fun of them, while it’s not their fault, it’s their genes.
  • More creative on cannabis?

    More creative on cannabis?

    Mikael Kowal | | 3
    Large anecdotal evidence suggests that creative people sometimes use cannabis to help overcome "blocks". Is it really true that cannabis makes you more creative?
  • The Good Of Chocolate Cognition

    The Good Of Chocolate Cognition

    Jorinde Gerrmann | | 2
    “Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate” stated comedian Jo Brand. The popularity of chocolate is undeniable but what effect does the consumption of chocolate have on our cognition?
  • Khat, a “natural” amphetamine?

    Khat, a “natural” amphetamine?

    Khat consumption has become a worldwide phenomenon broadening from Eastern Africa and the south west of the Arabian Peninsula to ethnic communities in the rest of the world. Why people are using khat? Is it self-medication?
  • The next big(ger) thing: Metamodulation

    The next big(ger) thing: Metamodulation

    Nastasia Griffioen | | 0
    Neuromodulation has been a field of great interest, providing valuable insights into the effects of substances on the activity of neurons. However, it appears that neuromodulators are not insensitive to modulation themselves, leading to metamodulation.
  • Reversing the effects of aging

    Reversing the effects of aging

    Eefje Poppelaars | | 0
    It sounds like science fiction: Having someone else’s body sown onto your own body; having their young blood flow through your old veins to reverse the effects of aging and become younger. But this isn’t fiction, this is recent science.
  • Neuroscientists with DREADDs – don’t dread them!

    Neuroscientists with DREADDs – don’t dread them!

    Claudia Pama | | 0
    Growing long hair and waxing it until you get greasy locks isn’t that spectacular. But it’s not those DREADDs that we are talking about - neuroscientists have a new tool in their repertoire: Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs.
  • Cannabis use: doorway to creativity or to delusions?

    Cannabis use: doorway to creativity or to delusions?

    Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in the world and it has been used for centuries. Many acclaimed artists from a variety of disciplines, maintain its usefulness in the enhancement of creativity. However, is there any truth in their claims?