Why is yawning contagious?

Why is it that we often have an uncontrollable urge to yawn when we see someone else yawning? It happens all the time, but most of us have no idea why we do it – it occurs completely automatically. Interestingly, this phenomenon doesn’t just occur in humans, it has been shown in primates too (Anderson … Read more

Capgras Syndrome, Phantom Limbs & Synaesthesia

I’m back with a video from the psychologist who inspired me to study this subject at uni – V.S. Ramachandran. This TED talk looks at what makes us human and how studying neuroscience can link questions from philosophy to psychology. It also mentions Capgras syndrome – when patients with brain damage to the area of … Read more