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

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By John Donovan

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

By John Donovan

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A study looked at the benefits of nonconformity and of standing up for your own beliefs in the face of group opposition. Handy for Thanksgiving dinner?

By Jesslyn Shields

Yuo cna raed thsi rgiht? Probably, but that doesn't mean a popular internet meme on the topic is totally accurate.

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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?

By Sean Russell

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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

By Robert Lamb

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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.

By John Donovan

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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.

By Julia Layton

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

By Alia Hoyt

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?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

By Alia Hoyt

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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?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Dave Roos

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?

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Jennifer Sellers

What does it feel like to get a concussion? What are the mental and physical effects of this injury? And how can we best diagnose and treat them in the future?