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.

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.

Ever tried to get your child, spouse or friend to do something by telling them to do the opposite? That's reverse psychology. But how often does it work?

Here's a hint: You're more likely to find one haunting a backroom than an attic.

Are you a fan of the dark arts of deception? Julie's about to help you get even better in this video.

They say a hungry man is an angry man. But a man who's just had a Big Mac combo may not be all that peaceful either.

If left-handedness offers an evolutionary advantage, why has the proportion of left-handed people not changed for 10,000 years?

Why does everyone remember Monday and Friday but not the days in between?

The nausea and dizziness that result from a concussion are bad enough. On top of those symptoms, do you have to worry about dying if you fall asleep?

Pain is subjective — what is excruciating to you might be tolerable to me. Which is why it's so difficult to measure and control.

The human brain might just be Pandora's box. Will we like what we find when we really take a look? It might just depend on how you interpret the data.

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?

Nostalgia, contrary to centuries of common knowledge, appears to be a good thing. A really good thing.

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.

Have you ever met someone with a unique first name, and then all of a sudden you hear the name everywhere you turn? That's the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. How did it get that handle?

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.

Does your brain experience the kind of back-ups you see during your commute? Or are your neurons prone to road rage?

The same characteristics that help turn songs into earworms also help our brains store important bits of information. Why does the human brain love mad rhymes?

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?

Your stomach is growling, your boss is demanding and the cereal you ate for breakfast is a distant memory. Could having a little snack save you from (unwisely) screaming at your supervisor?

Any kid knows that cuddling a plush toy is comforting. But with robotics added to the fluffy mix, stuffed animals can become therapeutic for elderly dementia patients.

When you see someone yawning, even in a picture, chances are a yawning urge will come over you, too. But is this also true of sneezing, and if so, why?

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.