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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.


New Study Shows Cannabis Boosts Memory in Older Mice

A new study found that when older mice received low doses of THC, their memories improved. HowStuffWorks looks into what this could mean for humans. See more »

Military Hopes Zapping Brains Leads to Faster Language Learning

Can electricity stimulating the vagus nerve increase linguistic acquisition? Read about a new military initiative in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

How Guessing Works

Although humans have books and the internet to get info, we still guess a lot. Learn about the tricky mental process of guessing at HowStuffWorks. See more »

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

HowStuffWorks found something liberals and conservatives agree on — neither wants to hear opposing views. See more »

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

HowStuffWorks looks at a new study that might upend common assumptions about brains and body parts. See more »

Researchers Pinpoint Genetic Mutation in Chronic Night Owls `

Researcher have identified a genetic variation in the CRY1 gene strongly linked with the delayed onset of sleep. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Science Takes Another Step Toward Erasing Painful Memories

A new study uses light to manipulate memories in mice. Learn more about the brain in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

The Human Brain Is Hardwired for Poetry

What's the relationship between the human brain and poetry? Learn more about recent studies in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

Relying on GPS Prevents Parts of Your Brain From Activating

Does using a satnav device affect how your brain works? Learn more about spatial reasoning and the hippocampus in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

Female Soccer Players Suffer Most Concussions Among High School Athletes

What high school sport puts athletes most at risk for concussion? Learn more about girls' soccer and concussions in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »