Decades of psychological research suggests humans are rather irrational. But a new approach, borrowing an idea from artificial intelligence, challenges this notion.
Our everyday lives are full of decision dilemmas. To understand why we make particular choices, scientists investigate how our brain deals with uncertainty.
'I don't believe in God, I believe in science,' atheists often argue. But that doesn't mean their thinking is evidence-based.
Compulsory sport and physical education at school will improve children's memory, attention and ability to concentrate, not just boost fitness. The evidence is in.
Aviation safety has much to gain from neuroscience: studying how our brains become “deaf” to alarms allows us to adapt the pilot's flight instruments.
Our minds are wired to anticipate what's coming next – and fill in the gaps when we don’t have all the information.
As well as increasing physical fitness and mental health, martial arts can boost brain cognition too.
Our study found that office workers performed just the same, whether the air conditioning was set at 22°C or 25°C. But making that tweak can cut energy use by 18%.
Psychological phenomena have long been thought of as universal. But it turns out scientists may have been blinded by their own culture.
To counter the unbalanced effects of the digital age, reading literature is the key.
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?