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How Capgras Syndrome Works

You get home from a long day, and all you want to do is see your family. But when you walk in the door, your family isn't your family. They've been replaced by imposters -- or you have capgras syndrome.


10 Ways Your Memory Is Completely Inaccurate

10 Ways Your Memory Is Completely Inaccurate

Your memory isn't as trustworthy as you think. Learn 10 ways your memory is completely inaccurate at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Reverse Psychology Works

How Reverse Psychology Works

With a little trickery and a ton of negation, you could get almost anybody to do what you want. Learn about reverse psychology at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can sleeping with a concussion kill you?

Can sleeping with a concussion kill you?

The nausea that results from a concussion is bad enough. But is death something to worry about? Find out if sleeping with a concussion can kill you. See more »

How do we measure pain?

How do we measure pain?

A sprained wrist and a migraine can both be painful, but they probably don't feel exactly the same to you. Learn how we measure pain at HowStuffWorks See more »

Could a brain scan tell you if you're going to become a criminal?

Could a brain scan tell you if you're going to become a criminal?

Could a brain scan tell you if you're going to become a criminal? Find out and learn about the human brain at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why do we turn down the radio when we're lost?

Why do we turn down the radio when we're lost?

Have you gotten lost when driving and turned down the radio? Find out why many people turn down the radio if they get lost while driving. See more »

How Nostalgia Works

How Nostalgia Works

Nostalgia, contrary to centuries of common knowledge, appears to be a good thing. Learn about the science behind nostalgia at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why are demons blamed for sleep paralysis?

Why are demons blamed for sleep paralysis?

Why does the experience of sleep paralysis often summon explanations of demonic visitations? Explore the connection between sleep paralysis and demons. See more »

What's the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon?

What's the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon?

Ever met someone with a unique first name, and then all of a sudden you hear the name everywhere you turn? That's the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. See more »

What's the Forer effect?

What's the Forer effect?

Are you a person who likes to be social, but also values some alone time? You are? How did we guess without knowing you? Welcome to the Forer effect. See more »