Fear is very much a part of humans' survival. Demagogues and others who want to manipulate have learned that this human trait can be exploited, often with disastrous consequences.
Edgar Allen Poe, Sigmund Freud and cognitive scientists have all wrestled with the human tendency to behave in ways that are irrational and self-defeating.
Decades of work with lab rats lead to suggestions on how to stay grounded in the here and now, with benefits for brain health.
It's not as simple as saying you won't 'feel the benefit'.
Beware of the blind use of artificial intelligence: used as a "magic wand", for example in an autonomous car, it presents risks.
How does being thankful about things in your own life relate to any selfless concern you may have about the well-being of others? A neuroscientist explores the gratitude/altruism connection.
Without their devices, regular GPS users take longer to negotiate a route, travel more slowly and make larger navigational errors.
Researchers tracked adolescents' sleep and scanned their brains. As expected, better sleep went with healthy brain development. Unexpected was the importance of one aspect of where teens slept.
A resonance theory of consciousness suggests that the way all matter vibrates, and the tendency for those vibrations to sync up, might be a way to answer the so-called 'hard problem' of consciousness.
Almost a third of American adolescents have anxiety disorders. Researchers in developmental neuroscience are figuring out that how the brain matures over time may be part of the reason why.
In the near future, your doctor might prescribe electricity for what ails you.
Electronic gambling machines can be highly addictive, and are associated with very high rates of gambling harm. Many of the mechanisms of this potential for addiction are now becoming clearer.
Artificial intelligence research owes a lot to biology and chemistry.
Smelling odours that aren't there can be annoying. It can also be a sign of a serious underlying condition.
How to win at golf ...with a little help from neuroscience.
Two neural systems record traumatic memories, meaning they can be remembered in both conscious and unconscious ways.
Science shows that this simple mindfulness technique improves concentration and working memory.
Our brain cells do look a lot like a map of the universe – but that doesn't mean they're the same thing.
Blind people don't have superhuman ears but their brains can rewire themselves to give them an edge over those who can see.
In one sense, the brain feels no pain. In another sense, it feels all the pain.