Our huge brains help maintain complex social relationships, suggests research.
Science is supremely beautiful, but can also be brutal and unforgiving if you stray from the well-worn pathways.
BCI devices that read minds and act on intentions can change lives for the better. But they could also be put to nefarious use in the not-too-distant future. Now's the time to think about risks.
A strange delusion which may have its origins in damage to a particular process in the brain, is also one that can help us to understand how we recognise each other.
Both psychologists and neuroscientists are interested in how working memory holds on to items over brief intervals – and are investigating from different angles.
Using creativity and artistic metaphor to tap unconscious memories helps release pent up trauma.
There can be benefits to fidgeting, such as boosting attention or helping you burn up to 800 extra calories a day. But it comes at a cost...
We've known for years that childhood trauma can have lifelong effects on our health. It's time for medicine and public health to start addressing the problem head-on.
Amazon.com and others are eager to fill the skies with drones delivering packages at all hours. Convenient, yes, but it could transform – and not in a good way – our ability to make informed choices.
Tinkering with the brain's electrical field shows tantalizing promise for boosting memory, but it doesn't always work. A new study offers one reason why.
Move over, dogs. The latest evidence suggests humans can match most other animals when it comes to smelling – and even outperform them for certain scents.
We can't observe the brain activity of extinct human species. But we can observe modern brains doing the things that our distant ancestors did, looking for clues about how ancient brains worked.
No wonder we're addicted to junk food. Neuroscience shows food packaging affects our enjoyment of these foods, and plays on the same brain processes as hard drug addiction.
What you say may matter more than how you say it.
Terrifying accounts of surgery 200 years ago remind us how far general anaesthesia has come. Yet we still know little about how anaesthetics alter consciousness.
Study shows that multiple body parts can make use of the brain's 'hand area' in people with only one hand.
Electrical brain stimulation is used to treat a range of conditions, from depression to epilepsy. But how confident can we be that it works?
Laughing at inappropriate moments could be an early sign of dementia, while injury to the front part of the brain could make you lose your sense of sarcasm.
From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?
A review of studies in psychology and neuroscience shows we are well on the way to understanding what goes on in our brains when we are hypnotised.