Are we victims of our senses? | Ilona Grunwald Kadow
Humans like to believe they are different from other animals, that they make rational decisions based on hard facts. But how do these facts get to our brains? Via our very objective five senses. Our daily decisions are influenced by our internal states, our emotions, even our hormones. Ilona Grunwald Kadow takes us on a journey to understand just how easily our decisions are influenced by how we feel. Ilona Grunwald Kadow is a neurobiologist and professor of Neural Circuits and Metabolism at TUM, researching why and how physiological and metabolic states like hunger can affect decision making and neuronal processing in humans and other animals. Using interdisciplinary approaches and model organisms, her group’s research focuses on establishing connections between behaviour, neuronal circuits and genes.