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Brain & Behaviour

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The smallest movement to the passing of judgement, our brain is always involved. A diverse field of research such as Brain & Behavior is therefore being researched in different faculties at the VUB. Many of these researchers combine their forces in the interdisciplinary Centre for Neuroscience (C4N). At the VUB they are both searching for medicine for neurological diseases as for the way our brain works when for instance we are learning or exercising.

The brain: sickness & health

Brain and Body

Whenever we exert ourselves, our brain produces fresh nerve cells. These nerve cells process information and signals, regulate various bodily functions and steer our faculty of thought. As such, our body and what we do with it has a major impact on our brain. This obviously also applies the other way around: our brain controls every movement we make. It is this interplay between body and brain which is closely examined by the Human Physiology Department. 

Astrocyten, The little helpers in our nerve system

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Stroke: from A to Z

It is difficult to underestimate the medical and social effects of stroke. Through the OPTIMUS project, the Centre for Neurosciences (C4N), and the Health Economics, Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy research groups are working to improve the quality of care for patients who have had a stroke. A due focus of attention is made to go out to every aspect of the care track, which starts out with the patient being taken into hospital by ambulance and continues throughout his time spent in hospital all the way up to the aftercare delivered.

The role of the Cysteine/ Glutamate antiporter in epilepsy, depression and Parkinson's disease

Our brain cells or neurons are one of the most precious, functional and regulating cell systems in the human body. Which is why it is hardly surprising that various endogenous systems exist to protect them against all kinds of deleterious stress factors. One of these systems uses the cystine/glutamate antiporter. The C4N research group examines the action of this antiporter in epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, depression, anxiety and MS. 

The brain: social, cognitive and emotional

Reading Emotions

We all deal with and process new events and experience new emotions on a daily basis. Emotions are written on our face, can be heard in our voice, and seen in our hand gestures and body language. People suffering from schizophrenia, depression, autism, dementia or Parkinson's disease may struggle to recognise facial expressions and process emotions.

The Social Brain

“Walloons are lazy people”, “Women love to go shopping” and “Americans are fat” are examples of stereotypes. “My girlfriend is pretty” and “My mother is overly concerned” are judgements about people we are close to, which are often also more accurate. We use stereotypes and judgements about groups and people to enable us to move around in a diverse social reality. But what happens if we get information that runs counter to these stereotypes? Can all stereotypes and judgements be said to be equally resistant to change and how do we establish this?

New words, old sounds

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