Why the Brains of Dogs and Humans Are More Similar Than You Think

As any dedicated dog owner will tell you, canines often appear to grasp the emotional content of what's being said to them. An unprecedented brain scanning study now shows this is likely true — and that this capability pre-dates domestication. » 2/21/14 4:29pm 2/21/14 4:29pm

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Love and Sex

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Regardless of your stance on Valentine's Day, there's no way to avoid being bombarded with romantic imagery. So you might as well take this as an opportunity to learn something new. With that in mind, here are ten things you probably didn't know about sex, love and lust. » 2/12/14 2:15pm 2/12/14 2:15pm

Why Teenage Brains Are Different From Everyone Else's

Being a teenager is as infuriating as it is amazing. Caught between childhood and adulthood, adolescents often have fully developed bodies, but their brains are still under construction. Here's what neuroscience is learning about the remarkable teenage brain, and how it affects behavior. » 12/02/13 9:30pm 12/02/13 9:30pm

Studies Show That Being Cool and Popular Can Give You a Bigger Brain

The Society for Neuroscience just finished its annual meeting, so get ready to have lots of knowledge about brains dropped into your brain. Here you go, I'll facilitate: several fascinating new studies have just come out examining the links between social status and specific brain structures and activity. They show… » 11/13/13 6:40pm 11/13/13 6:40pm

Evolution is steered by aggressive competition between females

One of the classic images from evolutionary theory is of two males smashing each other up to compete for the chance to fertilize a female. Scientists have spent over a century studying this kind of male competition, but new discoveries reveal that competition between females is just as important. » 11/11/13 4:42pm 11/11/13 4:42pm

The Whole 'Women Talk More Than Men' Thing Is a Myth

This week, a new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience found that the levels of a certain brain protein differs between the sexes and could explain why girls exceed boys in language development. These findings are being reported by mainstream media outlets like The Today Show and Marie Claire as "Women talk… » 2/21/13 5:40pm 2/21/13 5:40pm

Why we have brain farts, and what scientists are doing to stop them

I was absent-mindedly shoveling cereal into my mouth when the brainfart struck: my hand decided to reroute the incoming spoon's flight trajectory into my cheek. As I sat there with milk dripping down my chin, my immediate reaction was to blame my hand. But then I realized that my hand had just been following orders.… » 7/03/11 12:35pm 7/03/11 12:35pm

Well, Is There A Scientific Link Between "Genius" And "Shithead"?

We are all suckers for learning that something going on in our brains is linked to something else going on in our brains — the brain is sorta navelgazing that way — so when a new much-emailed New York Times story said a rare form of dementia had been credited as the source of late-onset waves of sudden creativity, we… » 4/09/08 1:00pm 4/09/08 1:00pm