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

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

What it's like to believe that you're dead

The New Scientist's Mindscapes column has a brief but fascinating profile of man identified only as "Graham" who suffers from a rare delusion known as Cotard's syndrome. Despite walking and talking and eating every day, Graham is convinced that he's dead. » 5/25/13 2:30pm 5/25/13 2:30pm

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

This Is Your Brain, Aroused

It's been sixty years since scientists first figured out which part of the brain processes stimulation to which part of the body — on a man. It took til this year for someone to thoroughly map the same for a woman's body. » 8/05/11 3:30pm 8/05/11 3:30pm

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

Why you are mesmerized by people you've heard bad things about

When you hear nasty gossip about somebody, it changes the way your brain responds to that person's face. A new study reveals that, given a choice, people will stare longer at the faces of people they've heard bad things about. » 5/20/11 5:05pm 5/20/11 5:05pm

Rare Syndrome Turns People Into Pedophiles

People with Klüver-Bucy Syndrome experience runaway sexual urges — sometimes including pedophilia — due to damage to their brains. Does the existence of this disorder mean none of us really has control over our sexual behavior? » 3/03/11 12:45pm 3/03/11 12:45pm

How Your Brain Helps You Make Friends

Got a lot of friends? Thank your amygdala! A new study may shed light on how this brain structure, often associated with fear, may regulate our social lives as well. » 12/28/10 2:17pm 12/28/10 2:17pm

5 Myths About The Female Brain

Cordelia Fine's thorough (and funny!) Delusions of Gender punches a giant hole in the idea that women's brains are somehow "hardwired" for nurturing and domesticity. After the jump, five ladybrain myths Fine handily busts. » 9/01/10 3:03pm 9/01/10 3:03pm

Mind-Melding Possible Through The Power Of Love

When we were eleven, my summer-camp crush and I nerd-flirted by attempting a Vulcan mind-meld. As it turns out, this may be (sort of) possible — and all you need is love. » 7/29/10 9:30am 7/29/10 9:30am

Bad Mother: Maternal Behavior & Broken Brains

Scientists claim they've discovered "bad mother/good mother" switches in the brain that control parenting behavior. But do these genetic switches really trump a woman's circumstances? » 3/26/10 1:00pm 3/26/10 1:00pm

Does Daydreaming Make You Smarter?

Anyone who spends a large percentage of every Friday afternoon staring out the window will be heartened by research showing that a wandering mind may indicate intelligence. But can daydreaming actually make us smarter? » 1/15/10 2:20pm 1/15/10 2:20pm

Do Parents Create Gender Differences?

In her new book Pink Brain, Blue Brain, neuroscientist Lise Eliot describes how tiny differences in the way parents treat babies actually create the gender differences many assume are inborn. » 9/03/09 3:40pm 9/03/09 3:40pm

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

Could Tightening The Belt Be Good For The Brains?

Here's one of those nebulous studies that explains everything about the modern world: two neuroscientists made the case in the New York Times today that a recession is good news for whipping America's remaining brain cells back into working order. No wonder Fox News is so scared! Here's how it works: apparently… » 4/02/08 4:00pm 4/02/08 4:00pm