Spontaneous mirror writing by both left- and right-handed children has long remained a mystery. Recent studies of brain processing and writing have led to an unexpected explanation.
Puerto Rico's Cayo Santiago Research Station has been a world-famous site for primate studies since 1938. Now scientists are working to save its staff and rhesus monkey colony after Hurricane Maria.
Memories of our carefree youth help form our identity today. But memories are selective. So, were we really as wild as we think we were?
Brain games, learning languages, rowing? Beware of snake oil salesman claiming we know it all.
Autism manifests in different ways. The signs are often less visible in women than in men, leading many to be underdiagnosed.
A new study suggested that menstruating does not impact a woman's mental performance. But the relationship between hormones and the brain isn't that simple.
The science is still hazy - but our abilities are clearly affected during the recovery period.
Feel like something will be easy to remember? Your prediction may be influenced by how clearly the information was presented in the first place.
Born in the 1950s, the concept of an artificial neural network has progressed considerably. Today, known as "deep learning", its uses have expanded to many areas, including finance.
From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?
The early use of poison is one more indicator of an advanced repertoire of behavioural and technological traits that have characterised our species from the earliest times.
Rats were less able to find food after only three days on a diet high in sugar and saturated fat. So could a bad diet also be affect the human brain?
In men and older women, a complicated thinking test appeared to overwhelm the part of the brain also responsible for moving one of their arms. They could only do one or the other.
Humans have limited ability to understand complexity, but there are serious dangers if we oversimplify things too much.
A new study appears to show plants can learn from experience and choose a response. This raises some intriguing questions about the possibility of plant cognition.
Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that has a very poor prognosis. Despite the current best therapies half its sufferers survive for 15 months and less than 5% are alive after 5 years.
Running causes new brain cells to grow. But why does this happen? What is the evolutionary advantage?
Pretty much all of our perception is an illusion, whether we’re walking down the street or attempting to decode the latest card trick.
Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit. Before you reach for a Mars bar or a Dairy Milk, let's take a step back.
Studying diverse languages gives us invaluable insights into human cognition but more become endangered every month.