Month: January 2021

Why do adult brains struggle to learn a new language?

Critical periods exist extensively across the animal kingdom. ‘Imprinting’, for example, is a phenomenon whereby newly-hatched birds must interact with their mothers within a short ‘critical period’ in order to successfully identify them as their parent [1]. A critical period for ocular development has also been identified in multiple species, including humans [2]. One of …

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Lighting the way to revolutionising medical research, bioluminescence is not just a pretty face!

You may remember during the first lockdown of 2020; social media platforms blew up with images and videos of bioluminescence lighting up the Southern Californian coast at night. Surfers took to surfing glowing waves in the evening and it made for some great media content to keep people busy during lockdown. But what is bioluminescence? …

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The science behind loving music and why it’s such a useful marketing tool

I love music: in fact my Spotify 2020 unwrapped told me I’ve listened to over 87,000 minutes of music this year. I’m not the only one it seems, as it has been shown that time and time again we put music in our top ten things that bring pleasure, usually above money, food, or art [1]. …

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PROZAC – Perhaps the most impactful drug of all time

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a condition characterised by persistent low mood. It also manifests itself in other symptoms, such as low self-esteem, low energy, and even unexplained chronic pain [1]. According to the UK adult psychiatric morbidity survey, 1 in 15 people attempt suicide at some point in their life, so MDD has always …

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