Bad Breakup? Neuroscience Can Help

Minnesota-based singer-songwriter, rapper, and essayist Dessa is famous—to the extent she is famous—for her gorgeous, aching breakup...

The Dad Factor

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the father figures in our lives—and in the lives of mammals, evolutionarily speaking. Having a huge...

Never See a Bat the Same Way Again

As Halloween approaches, let’s pause for a moment to consider a common piece of creepy iconography in Western culture: the bat....

Are Women Better at Reacting to Faces?

It’s an old stereotype that women can pick up on social nuances that men can’t. Ask a neuroscientist whether women are more adept at...

How Your Brain is Like a Snowflake

No two human brains are exactly alike. Or at least, that’s what neuroscientists have generally assumed. After all, consider the highly...

The Science of "Mini-brains"

StartFragment What makes the human brain so, well, human? It’s not purely a matter of size—from studying the cranial cavities of...

The Left-Handed Brain

What do Babe Ruth, Marie Curie, David Bowie, Barack Obama, and Oprah have in common, other than fame? No, that’s not the start of a...

Phantoms, Magic Tricks and Video Games

In a fair and just world, losing a limb would be the end of feeling any discomfort in that particular region. For one thing, surely at...

Old science and new horizons

The human brain is one of the true wonders of the world; after all, it contained the source material for building each of the seven...

The Brain as a Supercomputer

Have you ever wondered how your brain and your smartphone's operating systems compare? After all, people commonly draw analogies between...

The Secret Life of Rust

When we think of rust, we think of old cars and decaying highway bridges. Perhaps the Tin Man from Oz pops into your head. One thing you...