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.


You've probably locked eyes with someone across a crowded room and then looked away. Any guesses as to how long it took before you have to avert your gaze?

The results of the 2016 Best Illusion of the Year contest are in. What's the scoop behind these illusions?

Researchers find that brain-training games didn't improve IQ — unless the person knew they were doing brain training in advance.

You're deep in dreamland when you hear an explosion so loud you wake up. But there's nothing outside or inside your house making the noise. What just happened?

While 90 percent of murderers are men, female murderers differ from men in motive, method, circumstance and victim, according to a new Swedish study.

But lots of people think it will. A new article sheds light on where our beliefs about amnesia came from.

Want a better memory without those pesky neural implants or experimental pills? New research suggests you may want to grab your running shoes.

A number of theories explain the phenomenon known as infantile amnesia. But there's more to it than that...

Drawing your grocery list might strengthen your ability to remember what you need to buy when you forget the list at home. Like you always do.

The Pavlok wearable follows the same sort of idea as snapping a rubber band on your wrist to stop you from engaging in some unwanted behavior. Only it'll cost you $199.

Poetry can actually help you heal from traumatic situations. A poetry therapist explains how.

If you believe there's an autism epidemic or a personality trait is hard-wired, allow us to introduce you to a report on the most misused psychological terms.

If you're one of those people who checks their smartphone hundreds or even thousands of times a day, research out of Temple University helps explain why.

Imagine getting knocked in the head, but the CT scan and screenings turn up nothing, and the doc sends you home still hurting. A blood test could change that scenario.

If you're watching someone embarrass themselves on TV, it might make you squirm or even change the channel. But hey, at least you're empathetic.

She can tell you to brush your teeth, take your meds or pick up coffee. Welcome to the connected and slightly creepy Internet of Things.

Folklore says heavy or spicy food before bedtime can cause nightmares. Surprisingly, there's been no real study of this — until now.

Life-or-death moments are tricky. Researchers now have a better idea of what's happening in the brain during those moments, and how to control it.

When it comes to charm and magnetism, mental speed is the thing, a new study says.

What can IKEA furniture assembly tell us about male and female brain differences? Better yet, what does a slew of MRI scans reveal? Science tackles both questions.

Your brain is more than a recorder of memories. It's also an editor of them — cutting out some bad parts, expanding some good ones, maybe even changing the story line over time. In what ways does your memory betray you?

Politicians and celebrities often lie or exaggerate claims that can be easily verified, but why?

Our playing fields have become center stage for the global discussion about concussions. Why didn't this happen sooner?

A good guffaw involves way more than just sputtering a few hearty hee-hees.