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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If We Could Bioenhance People to Be Nicer, Should We?

In the future, we may have the technology to make people more moral. Which could be great— or terrible.

People Who Photograph Their Experiences Enjoy Them More

This was not what researchers were expecting.

Now We're Stressed Out? History Shows It's the Oldest Emotion

New book says mental exhaustion has been with us since antiquity.

Science Determines How Long Until Eye Contact Turns Awkward

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?

Watch: Amazing Video of This Year's Top Three Optical Illusions

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

'Brain training' Boost Might Just Be 'Placebo Effect', Study Finds

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

How Exploding Head Syndrome Works

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?

From Motive to Method, Women and Men Murder Very Differently

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

No, a Second Bump on the Head Won't Cure Amnesia

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

Memory Hack: Do Some Aerobics Four Hours After Class

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

Think of Your First Memory — Why Can't You Remember Even Earlier?

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

Drawing May Be Your Brain's Best Way to Secure a Memory

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.

Shock Your Bad Habits Away

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.

Take a Dose of Dickinson: Poetry as Therapy

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

We Can All Stop Misusing These Psychological Terms

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.

Stop Checking That Phone (If You Can)

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.

Think You Have a Concussion? A Blood Test Could Diagnose It

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.

The Odd Empathy of Vicarious Embarrassment

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.

Listen to Your Mother, Even if She Resembles an Electronic Russian Nesting Doll

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.

Pizza Nightmares: Can Your Diet Determine Your Dreams?

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

Researchers Illuminate the Science of Split-second Decisions

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.

Quick, Are You Charismatic?

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

Are Male and Female Brains Really That Different?

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.

10 Ways Your Memory Is Completely Inaccurate

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?


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