Weird Scratching Noise in Woman's Head Turns Out to Be Brain-Maggots

Following a trip to Peru, a British woman went to the doctor with what she thought was an ear infection. She just couldn't shake this strange scratching noise inside her head. When doctors investigated her ear canal, they found something unusual—IT WAS JUST A BUNCH OF MAGGOTS IN HER BRAIN FEASTING ON HER MEMORIES. » 2/18/14 4:20pm 2/18/14 4:20pm

New study: Striking brain differences explain some gender stereotypes

A new research paper published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences demonstrates that men and women's brains connectivity is very different which, according to the authors, gives a "potential neural basis as to why men excel at certain tasks and women at others," matching some commonly-held… » 12/03/13 1:08pm 12/03/13 1:08pm

Mild ‘Shock’ to the Brain Lets People See Others as More Attractive

Do you find yourself surrounded by uggos on a near-constant basis? Do you ever despair that the world is just crawling with ugly goblin-people whom you can’t bear to look at without retching? It’s okay — Karl Lagerfeld probably feels the exact same way, which is why he’s never seen without his ugly-dimming sunglasses.… » 6/23/13 2:00pm 6/23/13 2:00pm

Baby, It's Cold Outside (But Bundle Up And Go Improve Your Cognitive…

Although it always becomes tempting around this time of the year to watch a marathon of Angel on Instant Netflix do really cool lazy indoor things that only the coolest lazy people do, you could do your brain a real service by getting out there and doing some wintry frolicking, according to The New York… » 1/12/13 6:00pm 1/12/13 6:00pm

Harvard Freezer Malfunction Destroys Dozens of Brains, Sets Back Autism…

As advanced as we've gotten with our scientific and technological skills, it seems as we can still be brought down by the simplest of errors. That's what happened recently at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, where they experienced a freezer malfunction that has defrosted 150 brains. » 6/11/12 8:45pm 6/11/12 8:45pm

Do You Have Tapeworms In Your Brain? Maybe.

Mother Nature has already given us so many things to be terrified of in this world—flesh eating bacteria, tsunamis, Tan Mom, to name just a few. Tapeworms certainly deserve a place on the list too. Who among us did not become obsessed with the idea that we might have one slithering around inside our intestines when we… » 5/16/12 10:00am 5/16/12 10:00am

Do You Really Want to Know What's Going on in Your Dog's Brain?

We love our dogs so much and are so close to them that we often feel like we know exactly what they're thinking. We can read each tiny reaction in their face, each wag of their tail as a signal of not only what they want but of how they feel about us. Now new research at Emory University promises to give the first… » 5/10/12 10:00am 5/10/12 10:00am

Your Facebook Addiction May Really Be an Addiction

It's hard to believe, but there was a time, less than a decade ago, when Facebook didn't even exist. There was no way to immediately tell everyone you've ever met that you just ate some delicious ribs or that your kid is finally used the big girl potty. (Finally! We all breathed such a sigh of relief on that one.) But… » 5/08/12 10:50am 5/08/12 10:50am

Your Brain Doesn't Know the Difference Between Ice Cream and Crack

We all joke about being addicted to dessert or salt or various other vices, but in the case of ice cream, one new study has shown that it actually does share some characteristics with drugs. It sets off the pleasure centers of our brain in the same way, but it's also now clear that when you eat a lot of ice cream, you… » 2/24/12 9:40am 2/24/12 9:40am

Going Hungry Can Make You Crazy, But It May Keep You From Going Senile

If you are one of those lucky people who doesn't feel like a light-headed piece of crap when you fast, you might not be opposed to skipping meals a few times a week. The rest of you will probably not be as excited by this possibility. But what if fasting at regular intervals could help protect your brain against… » 2/20/12 4:20pm 2/20/12 4:20pm

Do You Have What It Takes to Win a Love Competition?

Have you ever tried to love someone as hard as you could for five minutes? It sounds like a strange thing to attempt, but that's exactly what the people in a study at the Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging were asked to do while they sat in an fMRI machine. They scanned people of varying ages,… » 2/16/12 9:45pm 2/16/12 9:45pm

Just How Bad Is Child Abuse in America? Very.

Child abuse is a dark and depressing reality in American life, but until now, it's never been clear just how widespread a problem it was. A new study, led by Dr. John Leventhal of Yale University, offers the first comprehensive estimate of serious injuries caused by child abuse in the U.S., and the results are pretty… » 2/07/12 12:00pm 2/07/12 12:00pm