Cognition through the lens of a body-brain dynamic system

Stepping back from Descartes’ and Newton’s reductionist principles, accumulating evidence shows that body signals (e.g., respiratory and heart rhythms) modulate neural activity and influence cognitive functions.

The body-brain dynamic system (BBDS) provides a dynamic and holistic perspective on the body–brain interface, and aims to explain how such intricate interactions enable individuals to efficiently act in and adapt to a dynamically changing environment.

Find our opinion piece on Trends in Neurosciences.

Do you hear what I hear?

The pint of science festival takes place from 9-11 May. You will find interesting talks in different locations. If you have difficulties to decide to which event you want to go, we can recommend the first session on Monday 9th at The student Hotel Maastricht. During the session ‘Do you hear what I hear?’ Xan Duggirala, Pia Brinkmann and Jana Devos will present interesting facts about hearing, auditory hallucinations and tinnitus.

The link for the event is here.

The link to the session ‘Do you hear what I hear?’ is here.

EMOSEX – Emotion prevails over sex during implicit judgement of faces.

Do we associated anger more with a male face and happiness more with a female face? Does this association between emotion and gender also extend to the auditory domain (e.g., voices)?

Faces and voices are more likely to be judged as male when they are angry, and as female when they are happy, new research has revealed. The study found that how we understand the emotional expression of a face or voice is heavily influenced by perceived sex, and vice versa. He said: “This study shows how important it is not to rely too much on your first impressions, as they can easily be wrong. “Next time you find yourself attributing happiness or sadness to a woman be aware of your bias and possible misinterpretation.”

If these questions poke your interest, please read here and find our article here.