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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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.

New Study Shows Cannabis Boosts Memory in Older Mice

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?

Military Hopes Zapping Brains Leads to Faster Language Learning

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

How Guessing Works

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?

Even Cold Hard Cash Isn’t Enough Incentive to Listen to Opposing Views

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.

If You're Missing a Limb, the Brain Recruits Another for the Job

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

Researchers Pinpoint Genetic Mutation in Chronic Night Owls

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

Science Takes Another Step Toward Erasing Painful Memories

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

The Human Brain Is Hardwired for Poetry

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

Relying on GPS Prevents Parts of Your Brain From Activating

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

Female Soccer Players Suffer Most Concussions Among High School Athletes

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.

You Really Can Look Like Your Name, Research Says

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

Most People Would Rather Not Know Their Future, Study Finds

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

Why Do Some People Hate the Sound of Chewing? Scientists Might Have the Answer

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

How Multitasking Works

Actually it doesn't. You may think you're skilled at "multitasking" but chances are you aren't working on two things at exactly the same time. What's really going on and why is multitasking not a good idea?

Pregnancy Changes a Mother's Brain Structure and Size for Years

Can having a baby change your brain? Science says "yes" — and the changes stick around for years more than previously thought.

Women Beat Men at Facial Recognition — Except for Transformers

Study makes it harder for women to claim a biological upper hand in recognizing faces overall.

What a Big Signature May Say About Your Personality

Is handwriting analysis bogus hocus-pocus or a peek into people’s personalities? A new study sheds some light on the practice.

Women's Brains Missing From Concussion Studies

Brain banks researching how trauma affects the human brain have a problem on their hands: not enough female brains to study.

Spending Money on Experiences, Not Things, Increases Gratitude and Altruism

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.

When's the Best Time of Day to Make a Decision?

Depends on whether it needs to be quick or good.