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Is handwriting analysis bogus hocus-pocus or a peek into people’s personalities? A new study sheds some light on the practice.
By Karen Kirkpatrick Dec 6, 2016
Brain banks researching how trauma affects the human brain have a problem on their hands: not enough female brains to study.
By Kate Kershner Dec 5, 2016
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.
By Laurie L. Dove Nov 23, 2016
Depends on whether it needs to be quick or good.
By Michelle Adelman Nov 16, 2016
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.
By Robert Lamb Nov 16, 2016
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.
By Jesslyn Shields Nov 15, 2016
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.
By Christopher Hassiotis Nov 11, 2016
Wouldn't keeping quiet help us get away from whatever's scaring us? What's the science behind the weird face and raw shout?
By Laurie L. Dove Oct 26, 2016
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.
By John Donovan Oct 20, 2016
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.
By Laurie L. Dove Oct 20, 2016
The recent unsettling spate of clowns disturbing America isn't the first time freaky greasepaint bozos weirded people out.
By Laurie L. Dove Oct 7, 2016
It happens to politicians, beauty queens and regular folks. Brain farts, that is. But, why?
By John Donovan Oct 6, 2016
A new study looks at the benefits of non-conformity and of standing up for your own beliefs in the face of group opposition.
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 27, 2016
The more minds the better? Not necessarily, especially when it comes to dredging up memories.
By John Donovan Sep 22, 2016
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.
By John Donovan Sep 13, 2016
Yuo cna raed thsi rgiht? Probably, but that doesn't mean a popular internet meme on the topic is totally accurate.
By Laurie L. Dove Sep 4, 2016
In the future, we may have the technology to make people more moral. Which could be great— or terrible.
By Lauren Vogelbaum Sep 1, 2016
This was not what researchers were expecting.
By Alia Hoyt Aug 9, 2016
New book says mental exhaustion has been with us since antiquity.
By Kathryn Whitbourne Jul 19, 2016
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?
By Kate Kershner Jul 12, 2016
The results of the 2016 Best Illusion of the Year contest are in. What's the scoop behind these illusions?
By Kathryn Whitbourne Jul 7, 2016
Researchers find that brain-training games didn't improve IQ — unless the person knew they were doing brain training in advance.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jun 29, 2016
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?
By Sean Russell
While 90 percent of murderers are men, female murderers differ from men in motive, method, circumstance and victim, according to a new Swedish study.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 24, 2016
But lots of people think it will. A new article sheds light on where our beliefs about amnesia came from.
By Kathryn Whitbourne Jun 21, 2016
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