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.


A new study examines how cultivating a sense of thankfulness is not just good for an individual's health, but for the health of communities, too.

Depends on whether it needs to be quick or good.

Robert Lamb explores the mental healing power of ambient music and provides you with ambient music recommendations to help you through this, or any, troubled time.

There are a lot of ways mental real estate can be allocated. Neanderthals evolved their big brains in a different way than we did — and you see where that got them.

Time with animals can improve our mental and physical health, but a study find that even simply looking at pictures of cute animals can help you concentrate.

Wouldn't keeping quiet help us get away from whatever's scaring us? What's the science behind the weird face and raw shout?

They're called open-label placebos, and they may be able to help with conditions that the brain controls, like pain, hunger, fatigue or even depression.

What's the science behind fainting at the sight of blood? This BrainStuff video takes a look at the brain's internal toggle switch making some people hit the floor.

It happens to politicians, beauty queens and regular folks. Brain farts, that is. But, why?

A new study looks at the benefits of non-conformity and of standing up for your own beliefs in the face of group opposition.

The more minds the better? Not necessarily, especially when it comes to dredging up memories.

It's part creepy and part awesome: In a recent experiment, scientists changed how subjects felt about other people's faces without the subjects being aware of it.

Yuo cna raed thsi rgiht? Probably, but that doesn't mean a popular internet meme on the topic is totally accurate.

In the future, we may have the technology to make people more moral. Which could be great— or terrible.

This was not what researchers were expecting.

You've probably locked eyes with someone across a crowded room and then looked away. Any guesses as to how long it took before you have to avert your gaze?

The results of the 2016 Best Illusion of the Year contest are in. What's the scoop behind these illusions?

Researchers find that brain-training games didn't improve IQ — unless the person knew they were doing brain training in advance.

You're deep in dreamland when you hear an explosion so loud you wake up. But there's nothing outside or inside your house making the noise. What just happened?

While 90 percent of murderers are men, female murderers differ from men in motive, method, circumstance and victim, according to a new Swedish study.

But lots of people think it will. A new article sheds light on where our beliefs about amnesia came from.

Want a better memory without those pesky neural implants or experimental pills? New research suggests you may want to grab your running shoes.

A number of theories explain the phenomenon known as infantile amnesia. But there's more to it than that...

Drawing your grocery list might strengthen your ability to remember what you need to buy when you forget the list at home. Like you always do.

The Pavlok wearable follows the same sort of idea as snapping a rubber band on your wrist to stop you from engaging in some unwanted behavior. Only it'll cost you $199.