New research from Johns Hopkins University has found that suppressing certain neurons in rats’ brains can make them less likely to seek sugary rewards. This could have implications for human behaviour,
It's probably not what you think, but it's scientifically demonstrated to improve how you think. Most of us think of IQ as a fixed thing, like an SAT score. You take a test, they tell you how smart you
By the 1980s scientists had worked out the major hormones and neural connections responsible for metabolic hunger. They discovered that it is largely regulated by the hypothalamus, a region of the brain
Looking for a healthy dinner option you'll want seconds of? Look no further. During this post-Thanksgiving, pre-holidays week, BA staffers are sharing their favorite hit-the-reset button meals. This isn't
Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful. This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.
If you're trying to lose weight, kick off your diet by relaxing. Stress tinkers with your brain chemistry in ways that make it hard to make healthful food choices and maintain self-control, a new study
How does someone become morbidly obese? Are people genetically predisposed to it, or is it a case of nurture over nature? Carl Thompson was Britain's fattest man. Earlier this year, the 910-pound 33-year-old
We know different drugs make us experience the world around us in very different ways — and their after-effects are often nowhere near as pleasant as the immediate results they produce. So what exactly
Vermont, his son and the hungry early years that made him the surging socialist he is today. One morning last month in Burlington, Vermont, at the law office of John Franco, one of Bernie Sanders’ best
This week, I'm sharing a variety of responses to the question, "What insight or idea has thrilled or excited you?" Professor Laurence Steinberg, an expert on the adolescent brain, teen risk-taking, and
Teenagers aren't exactly known for their responsible decision making. But some young people are especially prone to making rash, risky decisions about sex, drugs and alcohol. Individual differences in
It was 10 o’clock on a Friday night in spring 2014 and I was sitting on the sofa in my one-bed Paris apartment when I received a message from a French terrorist based in Syria: “Salaam alaikum, sister.
Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary
Lessons in love from the MRI-based carnival art of Brent Hoff Are you in love or are you in lust? Neuroscience would say the difference is in whether or not your brain is producing oxytocin, the bonding
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for
Feliz cumpleaños, Leandra Becerra Lumbreras. The Mexican woman thought to be the oldest person in the world reportedly turned 127 on Sunday, according to the Metro. Lumbreras says she was born on Aug.