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.


Our instincts often tell us to do certain things — or avoid others — but we don't listen. Is this wise? How do we know when to obey our instincts?

A new study shows that belief in perceiving patterns correlated strongly with belief in conspiracy theories and the supernatural.

Rabid fans may seem crazy, but there can be good reasons why they go all out for their favorite celebrity, sport or TV show.

The Batman Effect, as researchers have dubbed it, allows little ones to separate themselves from temptation and stay on task.

We often think that if a drug has been studied by scientists and given a favorable outcome, then it must be safe and proven. But many kinds of biases can creep into a study, rendering it less than effective.

A series of studies showed that including the word 'sorry' in a rejection actually made the rejected person feel worse.

Although left-handed people were thought to be "sinister" or "unnatural" in previous eras, we now know that left-handedness is natural for 10 percent of the population. And it can have some advantages over right-handedness too.

An extensive study looks at personal space in 42 countries, and how weather affects preferences.

Is there a tendency to clockwise walks around the block? Why do sports favor counterclockwise rotation? Does anything have to do with handedness, or driving habits?

Forgetfulness may seem like an undesirable trait, but new research shows that memory loss is an essential brain function that can make us smarter.

Baby brains benefit from a second language. A new strategy shows how one hour of daily play in "parentese" helps babies pick up new language capabilities.

A new study reveals that anything more than a moderate amount of charisma in a leader actually may interfere with his or her effectiveness.

Researchers have shown that THC in marijuana alters the structure of the brains in older mice to be more like brains of younger mice. Could the same be true for humans?

Shock yourself by learning Italian, or learn Italian by shocking yourself?

Humans do a lot of guessing to make sense of the world, even though we now have books and the internet to help us. So how do we get better at guessing?

People on both left and right in the U.S. were unwilling to learn about the others' views, even for pay, according to a new study.

A new study shows that brain wiring might not be body part-specific but function-specific.

It's hard to be a night owl in an early bird world, especially when your genes are working against you.

Israeli researchers have managed to erase fear-inducing memories in mice by weakening the connection between the brain's amygdala and cortex.

Research suggests the human brain is wired to distinguish the rhyme and rhythm of verse from ordinary prose, and to react to literary contemplation.

Need a neural workout? Satnav devices may be convenient, but they could diminish our abilities for spatial reasoning.

Traumatic head injuries can be dangerous for teenagers in the long term, but one group of teenage athletes is getting more than its fair share.

Turns out people are pretty good at matching names to faces, a new study shows.

Would you seek out or avoid a soothsayer who could legitimately predict your fate?

New research shows that for people with misophonia, or an aversion to specific sounds, the brain is overactive in key areas.