The Human Brain

What are dreams really made of? Are humans the smartest animal? What causes schizophrenia? Travel inside the mind and find out how the human brain works.

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Is my brain making me buy things I don't need?

Could your impulse buying really not be your fault? New research is looking at how the physiology of our brains affects our financial life.


Which Countries Have the Smallest Personal Space?

An extensive study looks at personal space in 42 countries, and how weather affects preferences.

Do People Tend to Walk in Predictable, Clockwise Paths?

Is there a tendency to clockwise walks around the block? Why do sports favor counterclockwise rotation? Does anything have to do with handedness, or driving habits?

Forgetting Isn't Always Bad — It Helps Us Make Better Decisions

Forgetfulness may seem like an undesirable trait, but new research shows that memory loss is an essential brain function that can make us smarter.

Can 'Parentese' Help Babies From Monolingual Families Learn New Languages?

Baby brains benefit from a second language. A new strategy shows how one hour of daily play in "parentese" helps babies pick up new language capabilities.

Too Much Charisma Can Actually Hurt a Leader's Effectiveness

A new study reveals that anything more than a moderate amount of charisma in a leader actually may interfere with his or her effectiveness.

New Study Shows Cannabis Boosts Memory in Older Mice

Researchers have shown that THC in marijuana alters the structure of the brains in older mice to be more like brains of younger mice. Could the same be true for humans?

Military Hopes Zapping Brains Leads to Faster Language Learning

Shock yourself by learning Italian, or learn Italian by shocking yourself?

How Guessing Works

Humans do a lot of guessing to make sense of the world, even though we now have books and the internet to help us. So how do we get better at guessing?

Even Cold Hard Cash Isn’t Enough Incentive to Listen to Opposing Views

People on both left and right in the U.S. were unwilling to learn about the others' views, even for pay, according to a new study.

If You're Missing a Limb, the Brain Recruits Another for the Job

A new study shows that brain wiring might not be body part-specific but function-specific.