Dimitri M. Kullmann
Brain on the OUPblog
Air pollution harms billions of people worldwide. Over the past few decades, it has become widely recognized that outdoor air pollution is detrimental to respiratory and cardiovascular health, but recently scientists have come to acknowledge the damage it may cause on the brain as well.
Patients with narcolepsy are often lucid dreamers, and experience direct transitions from wakefulness into REM sleep. Lacaux et al. report that these patients perform better than healthy controls on creativity tests, supporting a role for REM sleep in creativity.
We have vital signs for our body like heart rate, body temperature, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. Why not for our brain? You can’t treat what you can’t measure, bottom line. Therefore, we must first know if brain injuries, like concussions, have significantly affected brain function.