This is Your Brain When You Give Up Sugar For Lent

Did you decide to give up sweets for Lent? Here's what your brain will experience over the next 40 days.

This Is How the Brain Filters Out Unimportant Details

At any given moment, we are constantly bombarded by signals from at least four of the five senses. With this onslaught of input, how do we manage to not go completely insane?

Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder: SAD in the Summer

While many of us are familiar with SAD, there are, in fact, people who get SAD in reverse. For a small group of people, the dark days of winter don’t elicit depression, but renewed vigor and improved mood.

Painkillers and the NFL: Why the Players Sued

The legalities of the claim that the NFL got their players addicted to painkillers will likely be argued for a long time. But the questions remain: why are prescription opioids used so often for pain relief, and why are they so addictive?

Smells Ring Bells: How Smell Triggers Memories and Emotions

Why do smells sometimes conjure such vivid memories and emotions? The answer may come down to our brain's anatomy.

Why We're So Easily Fooled, and Why It Matters

Many of us would like to believe that our decision-making is based in logic and objectivity. Studies have shown, however, that our preferences are not always based on inherent qualities, but rather are highly biased based on our expectations.

The Psychology Behind the Song "Christmas Shoes"

Was the man sad when he bought "Christmas Shoes" for the boy's mother? If so, he may have spent more for them.

This Is Why There Are So Many Defibrillators in Casinos

If you're going to experience cardiac arrest, a casino is one of the safest places to be! This is how a lifetime of poor health can be deadly when faced with acute stress, whether it be a $5,000 win or $5,000 loss.

Why Do We Find It So Hard to Write About Ourselves?

When it comes to cover letters and personal statements, why do we find it so hard to write about ourselves? Of course, we’re not writing an autobiography here — we’re writing to seek the approval of others.

Why We Perceive Hershey's New Logo as the Poo Emoji

A specific neural pathway explains why we perceive the new Hershey's logo to look like the poop emoji.

What's All That Stuff They Put on Me During a Sleep Study?

What's all that stuff they put on you when you get a sleep study done? Here's an explanation.

We Use Way More Than 10 Percent of Our Brains

One of the biggest misconceptions in neuroscience is that we only use 10 percent of our brains. As ludicrous as the claim is, however, two thirds of the public and half of science teachers still believe it to be true. How did this misconception come about, anyway?

Dangers of Drowsy Driving in Light of Tracy Morgan Accident

Sleep loss does nasty things to our bodies. But if you’re sleep-deprived while steering a 15-ton, 70 mile-per-hour bullet down a crowded stretch of highway, you're capable of doing terrible things to the unsuspecting bodies around you, too.

Did Harry Potter Have Psychosocial Short Stature?

Harry Potter was emotionally-deprived during his childhood with the Dursleys. But did this affect more than just his psychological state before he entered Hogwarts? As it turns out, it may explain why he was so small.

A Mad Man, Indeed: The Psychology of Don Draper

We love him. We hate him. Mostly, we don't understand him. Who is Don Draper, and why is he the way he is?

Why We're Wired to Binge-Watch TV

Neuroscience can explain the phenomenon of binge-watching TV.

Love, Love Medulla: The Neuroscience of Beatlemania

To most, “Beatlemania” incites a vivid image of frenzied fans, predominantly teenage girls, looking as though they’ve just witnessed a gruesome murder. As it turns out, neuroscience can partially explain the phenomenon.

Brain-training Apps Won't Make You Smarter

Despite the growing popularity of brain-training apps and programs like Lumosity, CogniFit, CogMed, and Jungle Memory, I’m not going to see any improvement in cognition or memory. They're totally bogus, you see.

Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?

Time seems to pass more and more quickly as we age. Why is this?

'Twas the Neural Pathway of Christmas

An extraordinarily nerdy rendition of the classic Clement Clarke Moore poem adapted describing the basic pathway of happiness one feels when one sees a pleasant image—like Santa Claus!

From Sacks to Suicidality: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

There have been a startling number of suicides from former wrestlers and NFL players in the past few years. Science is just now beginning to unravel why—chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Alcohol, Sleep, and Why You Might Re-think that Nightcap

Alcohol may put us to sleep faster, but it sure doesn't let us sleep well. What causes the dichotomous effect on alcohol on sleep quality?

Sleep Cycle App: Precise or Placebo?

What's the verdict on sleep-tracking apps? How do they work, and how accurate are they? Is it all a big scam, or perhaps the placebo effect at work?

Prosopagnosia: Why Some Are Blind to Faces

We've all been unable to put a name to a face at one time or another. But for 2% of the population, even the faces of family and friends can be strangers.

Why Do We Cry When We're Happy?

We cry when we're sad, frustrated, or stressed. But why do we sometimes find ourselves crying tears of happiness?

Are We Pushing Pink on Girls...Or Pushing Boys Away?

Are gendered toys affecting cognitive development? Actually, the more relevant issue may be social development and the negative consequences of gender non-conformity.

LEGO Faces Are Getting Angrier; So What?

Perhaps LEGO faces have indeed become angrier since their 1975 debut. But is it actually affecting the emotional and mental well-being and learning of a developing child?

Sound it Out—Do You "See" or "Hear" Words You Have to Spell?

What do we know about spelling, and why are some of our most brilliant peers some of the greatest misspellers out there?

Misophonia: Enraged by Everyday Sounds

Hate the sound of tapping, chewing, or breathing? There's a name for it: misophonia.

How Stores Trick Our Senses to Make Us Buy More: Smell

The fourth post in a five-part series on how stores trick our senses into shelling out more money than we may intend.