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.

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Why Can We Hear Others' Footsteps, But Not Our Own?

The noises that others make — be it walking, chewing or breathing heavily — are very noticeable to us. Yet we seldom hear it in ourselves. Why is that?

Can You Be Addicted to Endorphins?

Roller coaster junkies rejoice: Riding these coasters could be a safe way to deal with your addiction to endorphins.

Your First Memory Is Probably Fiction

Is your first memory of lying in a crib? You may want to revisit that. A new large study found that nearly 40 percent of participants had a first memory that was improbably early.

Why Walking Through Doorways Makes Us Forget

Ever walked from your kitchen to the living room to find your phone and then forgotten what you were looking for once you got there? Researchers think your brain is hard-wired to undergo precisely that process of forgetting.

Research Confirms It: We Really Are Getting Dumber

A new study shows that IQ levels have been falling since 1975, reversing a 20th-century trend.

Are Men or Women Better Navigators?

Researchers at the University of California finally have a scientific answer to this ages-old battle.

No More Sweet Tooth? Science Turns Off Sugar Cravings in Mice

Could manipulating the human brain's desire for sweet foods lead to new weight control methods and better treatments for eating disorders?

10 Child Prodigies

Some kids have a lot of talent in music, art or math. Then there are those who are gifted beyond belief.

Medieval Coffin Yields Fascinating Skeleton

A woman who gave birth posthumously also had a hole in her skull from a procedure to treat a pregnancy-related complication.

Understand? Your Brain Signals Will Tell

And that might make it kind of tricky to pretend you're paying attention.

Science Moves Closer to Explaining the 'Angry Drunk'

Why do some people become more aggressive, even violent, after they've had a few drinks?

Can You Hear Something That Doesn’t Make a Sound?

In the absence of sound waves in the air, your brain will try to fill in the silence.

Did Religions Arise From Our Misunderstanding of Human Consciousness?

Stuff To Blow Your Mind's Joe McCormick joins Stuff They Don't Want You To Know to talk the controversial theory of the bicameral mind.

Why It's Human Nature to Ignore Our Instincts

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?

Yes, Conspiracy Theorists’ Brains Really Are Different

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

Where's the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?

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

Pretending to Be Batman Helps Kids Focus on Boring Tasks, Study Shows

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

10 Types of Study Bias

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.

Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse

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

10 Things Lefties Do Better

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.

Which Countries Have the Smallest Personal Space?

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

Do People Tend to Walk in Predictable, Clockwise Paths?

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?

Forgetting Isn't Always Bad — It Helps Us Make Better Decisions

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

Can 'Parentese' Help Babies From Monolingual Families Learn New Languages?

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.

Too Much Charisma Can Actually Hurt a Leader's Effectiveness

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


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