In an ambiguous world, what we perceive is likely “our brain’s best guess” of the environment. Our brain constantly tunes our perceptions and beliefs, balancing our pre-existing knowledge, which we gain through our own experiences, with the reliability of the present sensory information. However “the way that we use prior knowledge to make those guesses […]
Archives for February 2018
Congratulations to Hannah Jongsma for submitting her PhD!
We would like to congratulate Hannah Jongsma on successfully passing her viva last week! Hannah completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Peter Jones. Here Hannah gives us a quick summary of her work and findings. Can you give us a short background into what you’ve been studying these last few years? I have […]
Congratulations to Varun Warrier for submitting his PhD!
Varun Warrier has recently submitted his PhD and passed the viva with no corrections. Here Varun gives a summary of his findings and highlights below. Can you give us a short background into what you’ve been studying these last few years? I’ve been trying to understand how genes contribute to autism. By studying twins and […]
The changing landscape of drugs for lifestyle rather than medicine
More often than not, media and society portray psychoactive substances in a negative light. We’re constantly reminded of the dangers of drug addiction, as well as the problems that can arise from recreational drug use. Even drugs that are used for medical purposes, like paracetamol or ibuprofen, are prescribed with warnings of potential side effects […]