It’s high time we put the most enduring myths about human behavior to bed, and see the mind—and the world—as it is.
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Sebastian Ocklenburg, Ph.D.
Do you like chocolate? – Here is a surprising new finding on how it affects the brain
Left-handedness is caused by the brain—and a new study investigates how left-handed and right-handed brains differ.
August 13 is International Left-Handers Day—here’s an update on the newest scientific findings about left-handedness.
A surprising number of people die annually trying to take a selfie. A new study shows it is mostly men who risk their lives to get the perfect shot.
Do you think pigeons are "birdbrained"? These studies will show you that the opposite is true.
Do you turn your head to the left or the right when kissing? Here's the neuroscience behind those side preferences.
Left-handers are said to be more artistic than right-handers - but is it really true? A new Dutch study investigated the link between handedness and artistic ability
Do kids of left-handed parents have a higher chance of being left-handed themselves? Here's what the science says.
Have you ever wondered whether you might be left-handed? Here is how to find out for sure.
Genetic variation in the serotonin transporter gene is supposed to have a strong impact on whether someone develops depression or not. A new study casts doubt on this assumption.
Do cats recognize their names or not? A new study clarifies a longstanding question in animal behavior research.
A new WHO report shows that men die 4.4 years earlier than women. Here is why psychological factors and mental health play a role in this gender difference.
Research shows that men are more likely to be left-handed than women.
The idea that left-handers are smarter than right-handers is quite common on social media. But is it really true? Here's what science says.
Have you ever confused left and right? It's more common than you might think.
Have you ever wondered whether your cat is left- or right-handed? A new study finds that paw preference in cats is different from human handedness in a surprising way.
Always wondered why you are left-handed? They answer might not lie in the genes...
On Valentine's Day, couples all around the world kiss, but science is only beginning to understand this fascinating behavior.
One out of ten humans is left-handed, but we've only begun to understand handedness (or paw preference) in animals.
January 21 is National Hugging Day 2019 – Did you know that there is quite a lot of fascinating psychological research on how we embrace each other?
Whether a baby will be left-handed or right-handed is largely determined during early development. New research now shows that breastfeeding strongly affects left-handedness.
Trying to look your best on social media? New research from Australia shows a surprising psychological trick to gain more likes on platforms like Instagram.
Embracing someone can go a long way to boost both your mental and physical health.
Left-handedness runs in families, but the processes that determine whether we are left-handed or right-handed are far more complex than previously thought.
We all need a hug sometimes, but science is only beginning to understand this fascinating behavior.
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.