There's new evidence that depression is not just a disorder of the mind.
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By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 07, 2018 in Animal Emotions
A new study suggests that small male dogs may exaggerate their height when they pee and send out dishonest information to other dogs about how large they actually are.
By Christopher Bergland on August 03, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Fragrance is an underutilized tool for shifting mindset. Encoding a smell with positive associations is an easy way to fortify the inner courage to face your fears.
By Christopher Bergland on July 31, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
For the first time, a new study has pinpointed how the brain encodes scent-based memories linked to a specific time and place from the past.
By Raychelle Cassada Lohmann Ph.D., LPCS on July 16, 2018 in Teen Angst
With many teens believing that smoking marijuana isn’t dangerous, more and more youth are lighting up – and some may be doing so at home.
By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 12, 2018 in Animal Emotions
Dogs seem to recognize "dog" at distances that can't be explained by smell, sight, or hearing. I've seen it and heard about it, but no one knows how or if they really can do this.
By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on June 28, 2018 in How We Do It
Pheromones—scent signals that evolved for communication between individuals—have been identified for sexual activity in mice. Do comparable signals exist in humans?
By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on June 14, 2018 in Canine Corner
Fentanyl is fueling the drug overdose epidemic and is potentially a threat to both pet dogs and police narcotic detection dogs as well.
By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on June 12, 2018 in Psychology Tomorrow
Why we’re better off giving up the myth of perfect rationality.
By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on April 27, 2018 in In Practice
These self-experiments will help you stop and smell the roses.
By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 21, 2018 in Animal Emotions
Dogs' noses are amazing works of art. Two recent books discuss this fascinating organ and a new study shows scent enrichment reduces stress (activity and barking) in shelter dogs.
By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 06, 2018 in Animal Emotions
An interview with Dr. Frank Rosell about his fascinating book, "Secrets of the Snout," in which we learn what dogs' noses know and how they work.
By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 18, 2018 in Media Spotlight
People in romantic relationships rely on their partners in all sorts of ways. Can the familiar smell of a romantic partner help people manage stress better?
By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 05, 2018 in Animal Emotions
Research shows that when dogs track a scent, they have future thoughts and expectations of what they'll find at the end of the trail, regardless of their education.
By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 28, 2018 in Animal Emotions
A fascinating study of hunter-gatherers and rice farmers shows how cultural differences influence smell detection and the vocabulary that is used to refer to different odors.
By Chris Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D. on February 23, 2018 in Heal the Mind to Heal the Body
Studies of people exuding a musky smell from their upper back and neck, and the medical problems that were later uncovered.
By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on January 28, 2018 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Short circuits in synesthetes' brains may radically improve the diagnosis and treatment of deadly diseases
By Christopher Bergland on December 25, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Christmastime smells are deeply embedded in people's memory banks. But how does the brain weave a scent into long-term memory? Neuroscientists recently solved this age-old riddle.
By Maureen Seaberg on December 05, 2017 in Sensorium
Movement triggers bonus sensations in other sensory modalities in synesthetes
By Christopher Bergland on November 09, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
There is growing empirical evidence that aromatherapy has a profound ability to relieve anxiety by calming your nervous system.
By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A recent study shows what many have "known" about the power of a dog's nose and its ability to detect what we're feeling. New data show dogs smell human fear and also get scared.
By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on October 25, 2017 in Canine Corner
It is widely believed that dogs can recognize the scent of human fear and they react hostility to it. New data tests this idea.
By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on October 17, 2017 in Canine Corner
A dog's wet nose can improve his scenting ability but it also does more than that.
By Beverly D. Flaxington on October 13, 2017 in Understand Other People
5 steps to stop letting the rush rule win and start turning your attention to what’s along the way.
By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New research hints at how to avoid Mr. Wrong, while zeroing in on Mr. Right.
By Chris Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Heal the Mind to Heal the Body
New research shows that human smell can detect serious diseases.