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.


Poetry can actually help you heal from traumatic situations. A poetry therapist explains how.

If you believe there's an autism epidemic or a personality trait is hard-wired, allow us to introduce you to a report on the most misused psychological terms.

If you're one of those people who checks their smartphone hundreds or even thousands of times a day, research out of Temple University helps explain why.

Imagine getting knocked in the head, but the CT scan and screenings turn up nothing, and the doc sends you home still hurting. A blood test could change that scenario.

She can tell you to brush your teeth, take your meds or pick up coffee. Welcome to the connected and slightly creepy Internet of Things.

Folklore says heavy or spicy food before bedtime can cause nightmares. Surprisingly, there's been no real study of this — until now.

Life-or-death moments are tricky. Researchers now have a better idea of what's happening in the brain during those moments, and how to control it.

When it comes to charm and magnetism, mental speed is the thing, a new study says.

What can IKEA furniture assembly tell us about male and female brain differences? Better yet, what does a slew of MRI scans reveal? Science tackles both questions.

Your brain is more than a recorder of memories. It's also an editor of them — cutting out some bad parts, expanding some good ones, maybe even changing the story line over time. In what ways does your memory betray you?

Politicians and celebrities often lie or exaggerate claims that can be easily verified, but why?

Our playing fields have become center stage for the global discussion about concussions. Why didn't this happen sooner?

Ever tried to get your child, spouse or friend to do something by telling them to do the opposite? That's reverse psychology. But how often does it work?

Are you a fan of the dark arts of deception? Julie's about to help you get even better in this video.

They say a hungry man is an angry man. But a man who's just had a Big Mac combo may not be all that peaceful either.

If left-handedness offers an evolutionary advantage, why has the proportion of left-handed people not changed for 10,000 years?

Why does everyone remember Monday and Friday but not the days in between?

The nausea and dizziness that result from a concussion are bad enough. On top of those symptoms, do you have to worry about dying if you fall asleep?

Pain is subjective — what is excruciating to you might be tolerable to me. Which is why it's so difficult to measure and control.

The human brain might just be Pandora's box. Will we like what we find when we really take a look? It might just depend on how you interpret the data.

You've probably experienced that moment where you're driving, get lost, turn down the radio, and then think, "Why did I just do that?" Hopefully, you got to your destination, but did you ever figure out why you turned down the tunes?

Nostalgia, contrary to centuries of common knowledge, appears to be a good thing. A really good thing.

Why does the experience of sleep paralysis often summon explanations of demonic visitations? Visit the place where dreams and reality overlap, and where science and myth attempt to interpret our hallucinations.

Have you 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. How did it get that handle?