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?
You've probably experienced that moment where you're driving, get lost, turn down the radio, and then think, "Why did I just do that?" Hopefully, you got to your destination, but did you ever figure out why you turned down the tunes?
Why does the experience of sleep paralysis often summon explanations of demonic visitations? Visit the place where dreams and reality overlap, and where science and myth attempt to interpret our hallucinations.
Are you someone who likes to be social, but also values a little alone time? Are you sometimes critical of yourself? You are? Amazing! So how did we guess without actually knowing you? Welcome, friends, to the Forer effect.
A friend may joke that he remembers going through a long, dark tunnel into a blinding white light – and being hit on the bottom by a doctor. But in general, most people don't remember being born or learning to walk. Why is that?
It's a wild world. One with all kinds of kooky and unexpected connections. Like the one between big brains and binge drinking. Or big brains and big hips. Here's a look at some of the head scratching-est correlations uncovered by researchers.