Inside the Mind

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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How Lucid Dreaming Works

If you could control your dreams, what would you do? Grow wings and fly, travel to ancient Rome, dine with Marilyn Monroe, open opera season at the Met? It could be possible.

How Deep Brain Stimulation Works

In the past, applying electricity to the brain was a painful measure of last resort. Now with lower power and electrodes surgically planted deep within the brain, it could be the answer to many debilitating diseases.

Can a person remember being born?

You may vaguely remember scratching your chicken pox at the age of 3, but do you remember the moment your body burst into the world? Most likely not.

Can you die of boredom?

Eye-rolling teens think boredom could just about kill them. And they're half right. While boredom itself might not kill you, what about its cures?

How Body Dysmorphic Disorder Works

Can your mirror lie? Though loved ones reassure you that your appearance is normal, all you see is your flawed, monstrous reflection. This is life with body dysmorphic disorder.

How does your brain impact your survival chances in the wilderness?

In the wild, are brains better than brawn? Find out when your fight-or-flight response is your friend and when it's your enemy.

How Schizophrenia Works

People with schizophrenia can experience delusions, hallucinations and paranoia. But they don't have to suffer social isolation. Find out what successful treatments can help people with the disorder.

How Amnesia Works

Memory is your only personal record of the past and of who you are as an individual. What if you woke up one morning and your memory was gone?

Why do some people on Ambien eat in their sleep?

One of the top-prescribed sleeping pills may cause you to shuffle out of bed and sleepwalk to the fridge. Could Ambien be making you sleepy and hungry?

What if I never slept again, ever?

Anyone who has pulled an all-nighter knows that it won't kill you. But what if you pulled an all-nighter every night? What would happen to your body? And could you survive for long?

How Gender Identity Disorder Works

Imagine feeling like you were born into the wrong body. People with gender identity disorder (GID) suffer persistent dissatisfaction with their gender identity. But is it fair to call GID a psychological disorder?

UFO Psychology

According to UFO psychology research, many of those who report seeing UFOs may have psychological disorders. UFOs come to represent important symbols in their lives. Learn more about UFO psychology.

How Sleepwalking Works

Sleepwalking is an intriguing phenomenon. How can a person be unconscious but still coordinate his or her limbs? And how do we know when we're really awake?

Why do people blush?

Blushing comes from the same system that causes your fight-or-flight response. But why do your cheeks flush? Is it some kind of universal, wordless apology?

How Capgras Syndrome Works

You get home from a long day, and all you want to do is see your family. But when you walk in the door, your family isn't your family. They've been replaced by imposters -- or you have capgras syndrome.

How Jerusalem Syndrome Works

That man dressed in animal skins and running around Jerusalem trying to baptize people isn't alone. Tourists in Jerusalem sometimes suffer from a strange conviction that they are Biblical figures. Are they mentally ill or is there more to it?

How Pain Works

You've just touched a hot stove -- and probably felt an immediate sharp pain, then a dull ache. How do we sense pain, and why does it eventually go away?

Does contagious yawning mean you're nice?

When you see someone else yawn, you often find yourself doing it. Yawning is contagious. But what does that have to do with the ability to feel empathy?

How CIPA Works

You might think that not being able to feel pain would be a blessing. No tears, no painkillers, no lingering aches. But really, not being able to feel pain is dangerous.

How Alien Hand Syndrome Works

Alien hand syndrome sounds like something from a B-grade horror movie, but it's a real condition. You could be completely at the mercy of your own renegade hand -- it could keep your other hand from functioning, punch you or even choke you.

How Addiction Works

Addictions to substances such as drugs and alcohol have ruined the lives of people all over the world. Read about current views and ideas on addiction.

How can doctors use virtual reality to treat phobias?

Nothing beats watching a blockbuster on the big screen, but today's home theater systems do an impressive job bringing that experience into your home. In this article, we'll explain how the components of a home theater system re-create the sounds and

How Synesthesia Works

Kanye West says he says sees music in color. Other people can hear words that make them taste a particular flavor, or they actually feel another person's pain. Welcome to the world of the synesthete. It's a stimulating one.

Does anger lead to better decision making?

How should we feel about anger? Check out the results of a new study about how anger impacts decision making and analytical thinking.

How can someone stay awake for 11 days?

A man in Cornwall, England, went 11 consecutive days without a wink of sleep. Find out how he did it, why he did it and why you shouldn't give it a try.


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