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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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.

How Empathy Works

Empathy is an important emotion that enables healthy relationships and fosters the development of a safe, secure world. But what happens when someone has too little — or too much?

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.

Ambient Music Can Calm the Psychic Maelstrom. Here's How.

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.

Neanderthals Had Bigger Brains Than Modern Humans — Why Are We Smarter?

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.

These 8 Pictures of Puppies Can Help You Focus, Melt Your Heart

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.

Why Humans Scream, Make Crazy Faces When Terrified

Wouldn't keeping quiet help us get away from whatever's scaring us? What's the science behind the weird face and raw shout?

Placebos Reduce Pain Even When Patients Know They're Taking Them

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.

Why Some People Faint When They See Blood

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.

What Makes Clowns So Creepy?

The recent unsettling spate of clowns disturbing America isn't the first time freaky greasepaint bozos weirded people out.

'Aleppo Moments': What Causes Our Brains to Freeze Under Pressure?

It happens to politicians, beauty queens and regular folks. Brain farts, that is. But, why?

Trouble Remembering? Tell Your Friends to Take a Hike

The more minds the better? Not necessarily, especially when it comes to dredging up memories.

Why Talking Politics With Your Drunk Uncle Is a Great Idea

A study looks at the benefits of nonconformity and of standing up for your own beliefs in the face of group opposition.

Scientists Able to Change the Way People Feel About Faces

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.