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Sebastian Ocklenburg, Ph.D.
Knowing when mental disorders first start is crucial for early intervention. A new study provided a large-scale analysis across different disorders to estimate this time point.
Why are some people overly attracted to social media apps? A new study suggests that fear of missing out (FOMO) may be a relevant factor.
Do people find potential partners more attractive if they're smarter? A new study suggests that having a sense of humor may be more important than objective intelligence.
Some people yawn a lot and sometimes it can lead to uncomfortable situations. A new neuroscience study now reveals a surprising reason why we yawn.
Why do some people develop psychosis while others do not? A new large-scale study shows that brain thinning is an important factor contributing to psychosis risk.
What happens in your brain once you’ve eaten an entire bag of chips?
One in ten humans is left-handed, but for most animal species, handedness is not clear. A new study on dogs, however, offers some intriguing answers.
We all like being liked. But what determines whether or not someone is liked by their peers? A new study investigates the role of intelligence.
We all feel stressed from time to time. But what happens if you have no stress at all? A new study suggests that it may not be a totally positive thing.
A new study suggests that eating chocolate frequently might actually be linked to lower interest in sex.
Can we investigate the real-time emotions between romantic partners? A new study used mobile EEG to tackle this question.
Men are more likely to be left-handed than women, but why? Two new studies investigate this puzzling relationship with a focus on hormones.
A new study used modern neuroscientific methods to assess what happens in the brain when watching such videos.
Horses have a rich emotional life, but how do we know about their emotions? Research on their left-right preferences may offer surprising insights.
Most of us enjoy spending time with other people. But do we prefer to socialize with one other person or in bigger groups? A new study investigates this question.
Everyone knows whether they are left-handed or right-handed. But preferences for one side affect our lives in many more ways than just in which hand we hold a pen.
The neuroscience of love may be helpful in understanding the inexplicable.
Have you ever cried in an emotionally positive situation? A new study identifies the 4 different types of tears of joy.
Many of us assume that people with children are happier than childless people. But is this assumption really true? A new study investigates this question in detail.
A new paper highlights what we know and don't know about crying so far.
A new study investigated when people experience particularly tough times.
While it has long been known that some people enjoy harming others for pleasure, the psychological reasons are largely unclear. A new study yields fresh insight.
Previous studies have provided only rough estimates but a new large-scale study shows how many people really are left-footed.
Have you ever wondered how many wild animals domestic cats kill on average? A new study shows that the number is surprisingly high.
Left-handedness is affected by many factors. A new study investigated whether being born preterm is one of them.
Do you feel lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic? A new large-scale study investigated which factors influence who feels lonely.
Does left-handedness develop before or after birth? Scientific studies found a surprising answer to this question.
Political leaders have diverse approaches to guide citizens through a crisis. A new study reveals positive psychological effects of the German chancellor's approach.
Racism is a major problem in many societies. Can brain science help to understand it?
Not too long ago, scientists thought that only humans could be right- or left-handers, but recent studies find left-handedness in many animal species.
Sebastian Ocklenburg, Ph.D. is a professor of biopsychology at Ruhr University’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in Bochum, Germany. His research focuses on hemispheric asymmetries in the language and motor systems.