Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Sebastian Ocklenburg, Ph.D.
Millions of people enjoy watching pimple popping videos, but why? A new study used modern neuroscientific methods to assess what happens in the brain when watching such videos.
Horses have a rich emotional life, but how do we know about their emotions? Research on their left-right preferences may offer surprising insights.
Most of us enjoy spending time with other people. But do we prefer to socialize with one other person or in bigger groups? A new study investigates this question.
Everyone knows whether they are left-handed or right-handed. But preferences for one side affect our lives in many more ways than just in which hand we hold a pen.
The neuroscience of love may be helpful in understanding the inexplicable.
Have you ever cried in an emotionally positive situation? A new study identifies the 4 different types of tears of joy.
Many of us assume that people with children are happier than childless people. But is this assumption really true? A new study investigates this question in detail.
A new paper highlights what we know and don't know about crying so far.
A new study investigated when people experience particularly tough times.
While it has long been known that some people enjoy harming others for pleasure, the psychological reasons are largely unclear. A new study yields fresh insight.
Previous studies have provided only rough estimates but a new large-scale study shows how many people really are left-footed.
Have you ever wondered how many wild animals domestic cats kill on average? A new study shows that the number is surprisingly high.
Left-handedness is affected by many factors. A new study investigated whether being born preterm is one of them.
Do you feel lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic? A new large-scale study investigated which factors influence who feels lonely.
Does left-handedness develop before or after birth? Scientific studies found a surprising answer to this question.
Political leaders have diverse approaches to guide citizens through a crisis. A new study reveals positive psychological effects of the German chancellor's approach.
Racism is a major problem in many societies. Can brain science help to understand it?
Not too long ago, scientists thought that only humans could be right- or left-handers, but recent studies find left-handedness in many animal species.
Could left-handedness have an ancient origin? A new study suggests that asymmetries in behavior might go back up to 289 million years.
We are commonly advised to trust our intuition when making difficult life choices. A new study now shows intuition might also have an unexpected dark side.
Have you ever wondered whether your dreams are weird? A new large-scale study investigated what people typically dream about.
A new large-scale analysis gives us the best idea yet of how many people really are left-handed.
Are men just wimps or is there more beyond the idea of the man flu? A new study now investigated the claim that men suffer more than women when having a common cold.
Depression is usually considered a disorder of the brain. A new large-scale study shows that the immune system also plays a role in all forms of depression.
A new study now shows how men and women differ when using emojis during texting.
Most experts agree that there are little to no sex differences in the average level of intelligence. But what about differences in self-estimated intelligence?
People are getting more and more obese. A new study with data from 18 countries shows an unsettling development.
Do you ever have the nagging feeling that you never have any new and exciting ideas? Here's why that feeling is likely to be wrong.
Everyone knows whether they are left- or right-handed, but what about left- or right-footed?
Everybody needs to sleep. But what is the minimum required sleep time per night? A new neuroscience study offers surprising insights.
Sebastian Ocklenburg, Ph.D. is a lecturer in biopsychology at Ruhr University’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in Bochum, Germany. His research focuses on hemispheric asymmetries in the language and motor systems.