Highlights: February 3–9

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.

Study Finds Images of Puppies Improve Cognitive Performance

Watching photos of ‘cuteness’ improves focus and attention to detail

Coping with Boredom

The secret is not caffeine but may be found in coffee

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

His brain disorder may have led to hallucinations and lost memories

When Is a Sex Difference Real?

How much of a difference is needed before a sex difference is real?

Friends Can Save Your Life

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

Bugs in Your Brain Influence How You Feel

A new field discovers what may really make us happy or drive us mad.

Mastering the Art of Personal Choice

The brain has multiple ways of weighing decisions—and they compete.