Brain

Sleepwalkers Might Not Feel Pain, at Least Until They Wake up

By day, sleepwalkers may suffer chronic pain, but by night they can jump through windows without feeling a thing

Five Things We've Learned About Fear Since Last Halloween

Including why screams get our brain's attention and why a drop of "love hormone" in our nose could make us less fearful

What makes these guys creepy?

On the Science of Creepiness

A look at what’s really going on when we get the creeps

The app uses facial expression-tracking technology.

Can an App Help Detect Autism?

Duke University researchers are using facial expression-tracking technology to screen for autism spectrum disorders

Where Do Hallucinations Come From? It May Just Be What You've Seen

It may be our brains overriding what is there with what it expects to see, according to new research

When You Space Out, Parts of Your Brain go to Sleep

Midday drowsiness might mean you’re already drifting off

Prosthetics Could Soon Have a Sense of Touch

A technology suprisingly inspired by Darth Vader

Six Ways Electrical Brain Stimulation Could Be Used in the Future

Scientists are exploring how mild electrical shocks can treat, and perhaps even change, brains

It's OK, buddy. We're here to help.

Domestication Seems to Have Made Dogs a Bit Dim

Thanks to their relationship with us, dogs are less adept at solving tricky puzzles than their wolf relatives

How Is Brain Surgery Like Flying? Put On a Headset to Find Out

A device made for gaming helps brain surgeons plan and execute delicate surgeries with extreme precision

More than 200 concussions occurred in last year's NFL season.

The Future of Concussions: How 5 New Advances Could Change Treatment

Scientists and engineers are working on ways to diagnose, treat and prevent head injuries

This is your brain on science.

"Hidden Brain" Podcast Will Make You Think Twice About Your Unconscious Mind

In the new NPR program, correspondent Shankar Vedantam connects rigorous science with people's everyday experiences

Alexander Niculescu and his colleagues at Indiana University have found a way to identify, with more than 90 percent accuracy, patients who will have suicidal thoughts in the next year.

A Blood Test and App May Help Identify Patients at Risk of Suicide

With blood biomarkers and a questionnaire, researchers at Indiana University claim they can pinpoint patients who will have suicidal thoughts within a year

Six Children's Books That Use Psychological Techniques to Help Kids

The sleep-inducing "The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep" has become a mega bestseller. But it's not the only story to lean on psychology

Most kids, even those with autism, don’t need to see this guy’s smile to tell he is happy.

Kids With Autism Can Read Emotions Through Body Language

A new study challenges the misconception that kids with the disorder lack empathy

Even if they make a list, neurotic people may need to check it twice.

Being Neurotic Makes It Harder for You to Remember Things

Brain scans suggest that certain personality types are wired to have better memories

Your Pupils May Expand When You Daydream

But researchers aren’t totally sure why or how the two are connected

Scientists Connect Monkey Brains and Boost Their Thinking Power

Researchers at Duke University have enhanced the mind power of monkeys and rats by linking their brains together

Brain-to-brain interfaces may soon be a therapeutic technique.

Linking Multiple Minds Could Help Damaged Brains Heal

Monkeys and rats hooked up as "brainets" may lead to innovative treatments for Parkinson's, paralysis and more

Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Us a Righty or a Lefty?

Scientists are interested in studying why some of us are non-right-handers because it might offer insight into how the brain develops

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