Upward Counterfactual Thinking in Regret and Envy

Posted 4 December 2015 by Joe Dramiga

While we ponder about the choices we have taken, the thought “if only. . . ,” often comes to our mind. You might wonder what your life would have been like if you’d followed your heart and gone to London when you were 20, or taken that other job you were offered two days ago. ... Read more

The Danger of artemisinin-resistant Plasmodium falciparum in Africa

Posted 20 August 2015 by Joe Dramiga

Africa has the highest malaria burden in the world and 90% of all malaria deaths occur in Africa. The high death rate is due to Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest of the four malaria parasite species (Plasmodium falciparum, malariae, ovale, and vivax), which is already widespread on the continent. ... Read more

Does Your Brain know if Your Food contains Sugar or an Artificial Sweetener?

Posted 15 June 2015 by Joe Dramiga

It was a nutritionist`s dream: a substance so many times sweeter than sugar that small quantities - with minimal calories - could be used to aid healthier eating. Sucralose, now a household name, owes its discovery a fortuitous misunderstanding. ... Read more

Do Individuals with Deletions in the SFPQ Gene will get Down Syndrome and later develop a Frontotemporal Disorder with NFT?

Posted 2 April 2015 by Joe Dramiga

Usually children with Down syndrome have trisomy 21: They inherited an extra copy of chromosome 21 leading to 3 copies (one from Mom, one from Dad, plus one extra). In this article I suggest that there might be children with Down syndrome which don't have trisomy 21 but deletions in the gene SFPQ which is located on chromosome 1. In addition I provide some evidence that these individuals could develop a frontotemporal disorder with NFT in late adulthood. ... Read more

Tameness in Lizards is Strongly Selected For on Predator-Free Islands

Posted 11 March 2015 by Joe Dramiga

In chapter XVII of his Beagle Diary Charles Darwin noted more than 150 years ago that birds on the Galapagos Islands were more docile than their counterparts living on the mainland. He attributed this tameness to the fact that there are fewer predators on remote islands. ... Read more

Darwin the University Student and his Mentors

Posted 11 February 2015 by Joe Dramiga

Darwin’s father Robert had a successful medical practice. When Charles was sixteen his father decided that medicine was to be his son’s calling. Charles arrived at Edinburgh University in the autumn of 1825. He was accompanied by his brother Erasmus, who was completing his medical course, also with some misgivings. Not surprisingly, he found the prospects grim. In fact, the Edinburgh medical course was anathema. Edinburgh “Dr Duncan’s lectures on Materia Medica at eight o’clock on a winter’s morning are... Read more

The Death of DNA

Posted 26 December 2014 by Joe Dramiga

In July 1952 crystallographers Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins from King's College London visited Watson and Crick at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. ... Read more

Black Like Me: How Virtual Embodiment Reduces Implicit Racial Bias

Posted 23 December 2014 by Joe Dramiga

When we look down at our body, we immediately experience that it belongs to us. We do not experience our body as a set of fragmented parts, but rather as a single entity. This body self-perception is traced to specialized multisensory neurons in various parts of the brain, specifically the bilateral ventral premotor and left intraparietal cortices and the left putamen [1], that integrate different sensory inputs across all body parts into a unified view of the body. ... Read more

Does It Matter?

Posted 5 December 2014 by Joe Dramiga

New York City Police suspected Eric Garner of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk. In an attempt to place him under arrest, Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in what NYPD Chief Bill Bratton describes as a chokehold. Garner was pronounced dead about an hour later at a hospital. ... Read more

The Oscar Pistorius Verdict and Theory of Mind

Posted 24 October 2014 by Joe Dramiga

On 19 August 2013 Oscar Pistorius was officially charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Paralympic champion admitted shooting her on Valentine's Day but denied murder, saying he believed she was an intruder. ... Read more