Psychology & Psychiatry

Journey into the dilemmas of the brain

When you go to a restaurant, do you always order the same thing or do you like to try something new? If you order your favorite dish, you're guaranteed a delicious meal. If you order something you haven't tried before, you ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Reducing anxiety and stress with pupil feedback

Our pupils are a mirror of our state of arousal: they dilate when we are tense, stressed or even panicky, and constrict when we calm down. Key to this is an area of the brain measuring about 15 millimeters: a nucleus in the ...


Neurotransmitter orexin influences pupil size, research shows

The way the brain regulates pupil size is different from previously thought: fundamentally responsible is the neurotransmitter orexin, as researchers at ETH Zurich have now shown. This discovery could well alter our understanding ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Your pupils reveal how much you want to move to the beat

With just one look at your eyes, experts can tell what kind of music you want to move to. The urge to dance becomes greater if you first allow yourself to stomp your feet to the beat.

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