Deep Space: The gut-brain axis – how the gut feels and thinks

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Thu Apr 15, 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).

Did you know that the gut and brain communicate with each other? This takes place via different channels, via bacteria, unicellular organisms, hormones, neurons and messenger substances. The gut-brain axis is not only responsible for feelings of hunger, it also controls our mood and way of thinking. Research is currently working at full speed and it is being discussed that our behavior depends on the presence or absence of intestinal bacteria and that cognitive stress sensitivity, depression and even pain perception are related to the intestinal flora!

Dr. Manuela Macedonia is a senior researcher at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. Her work focuses on the development and neurocognitive testing of systems that guide people through learning processes. At the same time, Dr. Macedonia works on the neuroscientific foundations of sensorimotor learning in experiments at the Max Planck Institute Leipzig, in the research group “Cognition and Plasticity” as Associated Researcher. She researches multisensory enrichment of linguistic information and its effects on the memory of young adults.