High-Stakes Stress: Why More AEDs Are Popping Up in Casinos

Whether you’re a card shark or prefer the slots, make sure you’ve got a healthy heart before you sit down to play.

How Does "Delayed Drowning" Happen?

Every summer, we hear news stories about kids drowning days after being in the pool. What, exactly, is "dry" or "delayed" drowning?

Commencement Speech: What Scientists Can Start Doing Today

Text of speech given at Penn State College of Medicine's 2017 Commencement.

Why Am I Dependent on Caffeine, and How Can I Wean Off?

Many of us require a cup of coffee (or five) every morning. Why do we become dependent on caffeine? And is it possible to wean off and get back to "normal"?

How Do EpiPens Work?

EpiPen has been in the news in recent months for its soaring prices. But how do they work, exactly?

Why Does Drinking Milk Ease the Pain of Eating Spicy Food?

Why does milk soothe the savage serrano (and water doesn't)? Here's the science behind why a glass of cold milk eases the pain of spicy foods.

No, the Mercury in Vaccines Does Not Cause Autism

There is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine preservative thimerosal is dangerous, nor that young children's bodies "can't handle" current recommended immunization schedules.

What Are Migraines, Exactly?

What exactly are migraines, and how are they different from headaches?

The Bacteria That Mold Your Brain

New research shows that the microbiome plays a huge role in our behavior. Can changing our diet become a new health treatment?

#PhelpsFace and the Neuroscience of Getting “in the Zone”

What explains the swimmer's snarling face toward Chad le Clos before Monday's 200m butterfly?

Why Do We Get "Hangry"?

Here are 3 reasons why some of us get angry when we're hungry ("hangry").

Pregnancy Brain: The Expectant Mom's Guide, Part 2

Part 2 of a two-part series on the crazy neuroscience of pregnancy. What causes clumsiness, food cravings, and moodiness?

Shouldn't You Just Go to Bed Already?

I have a big test tomorrow. Should I stay up late and study, or just let myself sleep?

Pregnancy Brain: The Expectant Mom's Guide

Does “pregnancy brain” actually exist? There’s no doubt that many changes are happening to a woman’s body during pregnancy, but how do these changes affect the brain?

Why Do Some of Us Get Déjà Vu More Often Than Others?

What is déjà vu? Why do some people get it all the time, and some people never do?

The Psychology Behind the Pumpkin Spice Fad

Why do we get so obsessed with pumpkin spice everything this time of year? Here's the psychology behind the craze.

The Psychology of Jimmy Kimmel's "Lie Witness News"

Why are the pedestrians interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Lie Witness News" segment so easily fooled? Actually, many methods of persuasion are at work here.

Orange is the New Bleak: What the SHU Can Do to Your Brain

What happens to the inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary when they're sent to the SHU? Not much; that's why it's so terrible.

Can Orange Glasses Improve Sleep Quality? Testing it Out

Can orange-tinted glasses improve sleep quality by blocking out blue light? I did an experiment.

Why Does Game of Thrones' Hodor Only Say "Hodor"?

There's a neurological explanation behind why Hodor only says one word: expressive aphasia.

When it Comes to Color, Men & Women Aren't Seeing Eye to Eye

How does the brain's wiring affect men and women's perception of color?

The House of Cards Characters Have Terrible Sleep Hygiene

If Frank Underwood has trouble sleeping, it's not because of his conscience. Here's why the House of Cards characters have terrible sleep hygiene.

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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. However, our preferences are not always based on inherent qualities.
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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

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.