A company called EnChroma has built a pair of glasses that claims to restore color vision for the colorblind. Predictably, the internet has erupted with excitement. But it’s not the first instance in which a piece of technology has made this bold assertion, and the science behind color perception isn’t…
New findings indicate nearly one in five college-age students has been startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn't actually exist. Known as "exploding head syndrome," the psychological condition appears to be more common and disruptive than previously thought.
Nitric oxide may be better known for turbo-charging snails, but rather than boosting aggressive behavior, this brain chemical deals crickets a healthy dose of fear, telling them when to throw the towel in and flee a fight.
A study published in this week's issue of Nature sheds new light on why pot makes you really really hungry – even when you should feel full.
The “snake detection theory” holds that snakes played a significant role in the evolution of humans and other primates. They molded our brains, shaped our visual systems, and helped us survive. Now there is new evidence to back up this unusual theory, which explains both our agile minds and our uncanny ability to…
We're used to kids being sassy, but not toddlers. At what age does sarcasm become understandable to a developing brain? The answer depends on the way that that sarcasm is delivered.
Despite having the same genetic makeup, identical twins have their own distinctive personalities. Just how their individuality emerges has remained a bit of a mystery. But now, researchers have found that life experiences affect brain development — and this may help us understand how personalities form.
Most of us are familiar with the telltale signs of zombiedom. Incoherent moans. Gurgling. A lumbering gait. Insatiable hunger. But have you ever wondered what's actually going on inside the heads of the walking dead?
Eric Kandel helped write the book on modern neuroscience. I mean that literally. If you own a neuroscience textbook, there's a good chance it's this one. You'll notice that Kandel is listed as the first author.
Rats, like humans, can deduce an impressive amount of information about their physical surroundings with their sense of touch. Humans do this most effectively with their hands and fingertips, while a rat experiences a significant portion of its tactile sensation via its whiskers. What's intriguing about this parallel…
Neuroscientist Sophie Scott explores the neurobiology of laughter in this wonderful short film about perception, communication and cognitive development. We rarely think about it, but laughter — whether it's a quick smile or an uncontrollable giggle-fit — is tangled up with all of these things.
Evidence continues to mount that your political leanings are determined, to some extent, by aspects of your biology. The latest installment in this emerging area of research comes from the University of Nebraska, in a study that looks at peoples' responses to certain forms of visual stimuli — politically themed or…
In his principal philosophical work, Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre identified the power of the human gaze as one of existential affirmation; to stare into the face of another and not only recognize them as a person, but see them recognize you in return, was to Sartre a necessary interchange in the…
Seeing stars when you're bonked on the head isn't just for cartoon characters. That phantom astrological event happens in real life, too. It's pretty weird.
We're all familiar with the power that hormones have over behavior and mood, but did you know that sex and stress hormones can affect how we recall past events? Now, a recently published study has shed light on the memory-altering effects of one of the most widely used hormone-regulating drugs in the world: birth…
Deciding what to do with your money is a complex decision, requiring lots of different parts of the brain to work together. But just before you make your conscious decision, a single neuron can reveal what you're going to choose.
A woman with a rare disease that destroyed the fear center of her brain is completely unable to be scared or recognize when other people are afraid. Her story reveals why we need negative emotions, and could help PTSD sufferers.
With just a little genetic tinkering, it's possible to make a male fruit fly attack the female he just mated with, and then court a male. It turns out that changing a fly's sexual orientation also changes whom he'll attack.
Next time you get mad about the growth of cities, take some comfort in the newly-discovered fact that there's more at work than just inept town planning. Apparently, city bosses are just subconsciously mirroring what's happening inside their own brains.