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The psychology behind number processing

"5", "five" and "*****" are just the same, aren't they? Well, not exactly: while these symbolic and non-symbolic notations refer to the same magnitude, our brain processes the digit "5", the word "five" and the dot configuration differently. Mila Marinova looks into the psychology behind number processing. Such knowledge can help to make learning mathematics easier for children.
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Didi, the epileptic zebrafish

Did you know that 80 million people worldwide have epilepsy? Thanks to genetically engineered zebrafish such as Didi, Annelii Ny (KU Leuven) hopes to find new drugs to treat these patients.
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The exciting whims of sexual desire between partners

When do you sexually desire your partner? That's what Sofia Prekatsounaki (KU Leuven) is looking into for her doctoral research.
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How far can we go to save extremely premature babies?

Extremely premature babies often need to be resuscitated at birth. While this might help them to survive, they will sometimes live on with severe disabilities. Is resuscitation therefore always in the best interest of the babies? Alice Cavolo wants to help parents and physicians in making this extremely difficult decision.
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How can you sleep better without medication?

Did you know that Belgium has the dubious honour of being a leader in the use of sleep and sedative medication worldwide? Kristien Coteur is investigating how she can support patients and their doctors in phasing out sleep medication.
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Finding the weak spot of breast cancer cells

Despite recent advances in breast cancer treatment, too many women still die once this cancer has spread throughout their body. That's why Matteo Rossi is looking to find weaknesses of breast cancer cells, in order to defeat them.