Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
Verified by Psychology Today
The psychology and neuroscience of left and right
Sebastian Ocklenburg, Ph.D.
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.
Could left-handedness have an ancient origin? A new study suggests that asymmetries in behavior might go back up to 289 million years.
We are commonly advised to trust our intuition when making difficult life choices. A new study now shows intuition might also have an unexpected dark side.
Have you ever wondered whether your dreams are weird? A new large-scale study investigated what people typically dream about.
A new large-scale analysis gives us the best idea yet of how many people really are left-handed.
Are men just wimps or is there more beyond the idea of the man flu? A new study now investigated the claim that men suffer more than women when having a common cold.
Depression is usually considered a disorder of the brain. A new large-scale study shows that the immune system also plays a role in all forms of depression.
A new study now shows how men and women differ when using emojis during texting.
Most experts agree that there are little to no sex differences in the average level of intelligence. But what about differences in self-estimated intelligence?
People are getting more and more obese. A new study with data from 18 countries shows an unsettling development.
Do you ever have the nagging feeling that you never have any new and exciting ideas? Here's why that feeling is likely to be wrong.
Everyone knows whether they are left- or right-handed, but what about left- or right-footed?
Everybody needs to sleep. But what is the minimum required sleep time per night? A new neuroscience study offers surprising insights.
In the last decade, an increasing number of papers have been published on the psychology of being vegetarian, some with unexpected results.
Everyone wants to earn more money. What if your genes influence your income?
Feeling curious about what Christmas does to your brain and body? Here are surprising scientific findings about the holidays.
Are left-handers better fighters than right-handers? A new study sheds light on an old question in evolutionary psychology and sports science.
Parents might not be happy if their kids pick up the drums, but a new study shows that playing the drums has a profound effect on the brain.
What happens if half of the brain is removed surgically? A new study gives surprising insights into the brain's ability to reorganize itself.
Many people enjoy a glass of beer every once in a while and don’t become addicted – but some do. A new study identifies a brain circuit that may be involved in the process.
Are you left-handed? The world's largest study on the genetics of left-handedness provide new insights on why some of us are lefties.
Cats seem to be more independent from their owners than dogs. But are they really? A new study yields surprising insights.
About 3.3 percent of Americans are twins—and one of the many things that make them special is a higher chance of being left-handed. Here's what you need to know.
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.
Recent discoveries about the world's 708 million left-handers.
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.