Neuroscience Essential Reads

Ravens Know They're Being Watched: Bird Brain Theory of Mind

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Animal Emotions
A new carefully conducted study shows ravens most likely understand what's going on in another raven's head and that they possess a theory mind.

Ineffable Olfaction

Have you ever caught a whiff of something that transported you back in time, but you could never figure out what point in time it transported you to? There’s a reason for that.

Donald Trump Will Make You Smarter

Donald Trump can make you more self-aware, empathic and humble. Who knew?

Have You Become Too Predictable?

Routines make daily life more manageable, but if you’re not careful a routine can get you in trouble. Try some variety and it might even help boost your brain's creativity.

The Evaluator

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 31, 2016 How To Do Life
A short story about a genius.

Can Your Diet Make You Stupid?

Obesity induces alterations in how the DNA within the cells of your brain allow you to encode new memories.

How to Sharpen Your Sixth Sense

Elevate your intuition from good to great.

The Explosive Mix of Sex and Violence

By R. Douglas Fields on January 26, 2016 The New Brain
The mass sexual assaults in Cologne illuminate a dark side of human nature—how sex and violence are interlinked in the human brain.

Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters

As Detroit teachers organize 'sickouts' to protest the condition of their public schools, new research confirms the impact classroom environments have on academic performance.

The New Demonic Possession

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 Talking Apes
How we deal with the mentally ill depends what we think caused the disorder.

Heavy Metal: Lead and the Brain

How lead disrupts the brain and causes irreversible damage.

Read Any Good Memories Lately?

Could Jane Austen and your 6th grade crush be standing between you and material success? The possible perils of reading and remembering for pleasure.

Nasal Spray May Prevent PTSD, Study Finds

Nasal spray may help prevent traumatic memories from forming in the first place.

Why Stress Is Both Good and Bad

What are the pros and cons of stress and how can we cope with feeling stressed out?

Smashing the Neurotransmitter Myth

Serotonin depletion is not the cause of psychiatric conditions. Antidepressants are a significant factor in suicides and mass mass murders.

Fighting Radical Islam—A Virus of the Mind

The ideology of ISIS is a mental parasite that self-replicates, evolves, and spreads best through destruction. Stopping this viral replicator from infecting more brains is a must.

Fables and Facts in Educational Neuroscience

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 Memory Medic
Numerous critics have pointed out that neuroscience has not had much impact on education, and worse yet has spawned a series of harmful myths.

Why Is Yawning Contagious?

By Eliezer J. Sternberg M.D. on January 11, 2016 NeuroLogic
Are you a victim of contagious yawning? It might reflect good attributes.

How Microbes, Viruses, Imprinted Genes, etc. Shape Behaviour

Important insights into mental health—not to mention into who we are—follow from the realization that biologically speaking human beings are anything but single, unified organisms.

Where’s the Nearest Starbucks? Sex Differences in Wayfinding

Are there really evolved sex differences in cognition?

A Million Ways to Say Hello

Some of the many rewards of cross-cultural encounters can come from our differences.

If You Want to Reduce National Healthcare Costs Get a Dog

Pet owners make fewer visits to doctors, resulting in a massive reduction of healthcare costs when researchers do the math.

Cheating Queens and Faux Snakes

Is that a rattlesnake on the path up ahead, or just a stick? If you said snake, you may be suffering from the same cognitive disorder as Shakespeare’s troubled Hamlet.

Are You Caving to a Craving?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 06, 2016 Talking Apes
Making a New Year’s resolution isn’t about setting a goal but rather choosing between conflicting goals. Being mindful of that conflict is the first step to success.

Brains, Bridges, and Creativity Boosts

How to “warm-up” your dynamically creative brain

The Brain Is Always Active

Why is our brain's intrinsic activity so important?

Why Your Eyes Are (Literally) the Window to Your Soul

By David Ludden Ph.D. on December 31, 2015 Talking Apes
The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the pupils tell us a lot about what’s going on in the mind of another person.

6 Reasons You Probably Won't Achieve Your Resolutions

By Ray Williams on December 26, 2015 Wired for Success
The start of the New Year is often the perfect time to turn a new page in your life, which is why so many people make New Year's resolutions. But why do so many people fail?

Charles Dickens, Neuroscientist

Sometimes "paying" attention can cost way too much.

Is Addiction a Lifelong Disease While PTSD Isn't?

By Stanton Peele on December 22, 2015 Addiction in Society
Can addiction be a lifelong disease while PTSD is not? NY Times columnist David Brooks says that both are true, although he may be confused by contradictory instincts and beliefs.