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Your Brain on Depression

Depression is a multifaceted and insidious disorder, nearly as complex as the brain itself. As research continues to suggest, the onset of depression can be attributed to an interplay of the many elements that make us human—namely, our genetics, the structure and chemistry of our brains, and our …

Depression

When Children Say They’re Trans

Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers.<p>Claire is a 14-year-old girl with short auburn hair and a broad smile. She lives outside Philadelphia with her mother and father, both professional scientists. Claire can come across as an introvert, but she quickly opens up, …

LGBTQI

The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud.

The most famous psychological studies are often wrong, fraudulent, or outdated. Textbooks need to catch up.<p>The Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most famous and compelling psychological studies of all time, told us a tantalizingly simple story about human nature.<p>The study took paid …

Psychology

Psychedelic drugs change brain cells in ways that could help fight depression, addiction and more

Psychedelic drugs’ mind-expanding properties may be rooted in their ability to prompt neurons to branch out and create new connections with other brain cells, new research has found.<p>This discovery may explain why psychedelic drugs appear to be a valuable treatment for a wide range of psychiatric …

Psychedelic Drugs

Collective False Memories: What's Behind the 'Mandela Effect'?

Would you trust a memory that felt as real as all your other memories, and if other people confirmed that they remembered it too? What if the memory …

3-Year-Old Israeli Boy Baffles Doctors by Speaking English Without Ever Having Learned It

O’Neal Mahmoud, a 3-year-old from an Arabic-speaking Druze family in the Golan Heights, Israel, has amazed doctors with his ability to speak English …

Language Learning

How Sigmund Freud Wanted to Die

Anecdotes from his doctors reveal that the famed psychoanalyst's request has echoes in today's assisted-suicide debate.<p>In 1956, Dr. Felix Deutsch was invited to Boston to address the American Psychosomatic Society and offer reflections on Sigmund Freud’s 100th birthday. He asked the assembly to …

Want to Spot a Narcissist? Just Check Out Their Eyebrows

Research shows narcissists have eyebrows that are thicker and denser. And that most of us are good at identifying narcissists through their facial features.<p>Want to know if you're working with a narcissist? Judging by the number of readers of a recent post about how narcissists tend to purchase …

Psychology

This Is How Our World Looks to Other Animals, And There Are Some Big Differences

Sucks to be a fish.<p>Human eyes are not usually thought of as the best of the best in the animal kingdom. Cats can see really well in the dark, and …

Biology

From Mouth to Mind: How Language Governs Our Perceptions of Gender

Take a second and try to talk about a person without mentioning gender. If English is your native tongue, odds are you failed. But if you had been …

Language

Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test

Affluence—not willpower—seems to be what’s behind some kids' capacity to delay gratification.<p>The marshmallow test is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research: Put a marshmallow in front of a child, tell her that she can have a second one if she can go 15 minutes without eating the …

Indiana University

Brain Scans of Transgender Youth Could Put an End to Gender Dysphoria

Brain imaging could change everything for transgender youth.<p>Approximately 1.4 million Americans are transgender. Despite scientific evidence to the …

LGBTQI

Is "Dendritic Learning" How The Brain Works?

A new paper in ACS Chemical Neuroscience pulls no punches in claiming that most of what we know about the neuroscience of learning is wrong: …

Bill Gates: You might not make time to read this type of book—but you should

Bill Gates' obsession with reading started early on. As a kid, his parents gave him "an arbitrary budget to buy books, so I got to read a lot," he …

Self-improvement

What Is Consciousness?

Scientists are beginning to unravel a mystery that has long vexed philosophers

Consciousness

The Fascinating Science Behind Why We See 'Faces' In Objects

Diane Duyse had already taken a bite of her grilled cheese sandwich when she noticed something in the bread. It was the face of a woman—more …

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

Do Older Brains Make New Neurons or Not?

One of the most basic things our bodies do is make new cells. It's what allows tissues to grow and heal, and allows our bodies to continually …

How a Classic Audio Illusion Messes With Our Brains

When we hold a conversation, it's not just our ears that are paying attention. We may not realize it, but our eyes are picking up on visual …

This Study Could Explain Why Our Brains Perform Worse As We Age

For a long time researchers thought the brain did not make new cells. That meant that as the existing cells died with age, nerve connections were …

Mobile MEG: Will New Technology Change Neuroscience?

An improved method for recording brain activity could prove a major asset to neuroscience, according to a Nature paper just out: Moving …

Study overturns age-old theory of brain learning

For decades, scientists thought that learning occurs in synapses, or the numerous junctions between brain cells. But now, a new study proposes that …

Breakthrough study reveals how LSD dissolves a person's sense of self

A fascinating study led by scientists at the University of Zurich has uncovered key insights into the mechanisms behind how our brain generates our …

The American South's Deadly Diet

A disease that devastated the South a century ago lives on.

Public Health

Why You Can't Resist the Office Doughnuts

One pound a week.<p>It’s a common weight-loss goal thought by experts to be reasonable. By that reckoning, I should have lost 780 pounds in the 15 years …

Neuroscience

Structural Brain Differences for Transgender People

A new study reveals that transgender people have variations in the size or volume of certain brain areas. Researchers at the University of São …

Neuroscience

A New Study Shows Why You Really Need to Look After Your Brain Cells

Oh no...<p>Up until a few years ago, it was widely accepted that the neurons you're born with are pretty much all you get. Then a handful of studies …

Neuroscience

This may be why you can’t remember the first years of life

Remember growing those baby teeth? Taking that inaugural crawl? Mouthing that earliest solid food?<p>Of course you don’t — and neither does anyone else. …

The Brain

Neuroscientists Figured Out What Unconsciousness Looks Like in the Brain

Just because it's unconscious doesn't mean it's not on.<p>The human brain is the only reason our species has survived on this planet for so long, but …

Consciousness

Scientists Have Mapped Out How Our Genes Might Lead to Mental Illness

It’s often said mental illness runs in the family. But while that’s true, scientists have had very little luck actually understanding how our genes …

Genetics