Highlights: February 3–9

Here's what we loved reading this week, including: the health benefits of having friends, the art of personal choice, and the bugs in your brain.

Can Romantic "Noises" Enhance Relationships?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D.
Love is sometimes noise.

Study Finds Images of Puppies Improve Cognitive Performance

By Guy Winch Ph.D.
Watching photos of ‘cuteness’ improves focus and attention to detail

Coping with Boredom

By Nigel Barber Ph.D.
The secret is not caffeine but may be found in coffee

U.S. Embassy Bomber Driven By Suicide, Not Sacrifice

By Adam Lankford Ph.D.
His brain disorder may have led to hallucinations and lost memories

When Is a Sex Difference Real?

By David P Schmitt Ph.D.
How much of a difference is needed before a sex difference is real?

Friends Can Save Your Life

By Temma Ehrenfeld
A close friend is a mirror and reminds you that you are not alone.

Bugs in Your Brain Influence How You Feel

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D.
A new field discovers what may really make us happy or drive us mad.

Mastering the Art of Personal Choice

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D.
The brain has multiple ways of weighing decisions—and they compete.