The Human Brain

Fascinating facts, studies, and science explaining why the human brain behaves as it does.

  • 6 Simple Ways to Be Funnier

    6 Simple Ways to Be Funnier

    Having a good sense of humor reduces stress, alleviates pain, and can even help you find a mate. Here's how to improve yours. >>

5 Powerful Ways to Use Body Language at Work
5 Powerful Ways to Use Body Language at Work

Increase your stock at the office with these body language tricks. >>

9 Sneaky Menu Tricks That Influence Your Order
9 Sneaky Menu Tricks That Influence Your Order

Move aside, appetite. Studies show that what you order, and how much of it you eat, has very little… >>

The Science Behind a New-Car Smell and 4 Other Powerful Odors
The Science Behind a New-Car Smell and 4 Other Powerful Odors

Sure, your nose knows, but shouldn't your brain be informed, too? >>

Why Are Starbucks' Tables Round?
Why Are Starbucks’ Tables Round?

Plus, more ways furniture and your environment can be engineered to mess with your mind. >>

6 Simple Ways to Enhance Your Sense of Humor
6 Simple Ways to Enhance Your Sense of Humor

Having a good sense of humor reduces stress, helps you cope with pain, creates empathy in social… >>

6 Compelling Benefits of Meditation, According to Science
6 Compelling Benefits of Meditation, According to Science

Don’t dismiss this practice as hippie hogwash until you consider these medical reasons for giving… >>

8 Mini Meditations to Banish Stress From Your Brain
8 Mini Meditations to Banish Stress From Your Brain

When stressful thoughts or feelings strike, these tricks from the book The End of Stress can… >>

Faces of America: Genius Edition
Faces of America: Genius Edition

Photographer Glenn Glasser met everyday Einsteins at the World Science Festival. >>

Who Knew: 8 Healthy Habits That Boost Your Brain
Who Knew: 8 Healthy Habits That Boost Your Brain

How the healthy choices you're already making can prevent dementia and keep your brain sharp. >>

Benefits of Vitamin E: Which Apply to You?
Benefits of Vitamin E: Which Apply to You?

Vitamin E is good for your hair and skin, but what about for your body? We answer 4 common… >>

The Beautiful Life of Your Brain
The Beautiful Life of Your Brain

A look at the neuroscience of our most human traits—love, anger, compassion—and how to harness… >>

8 Hidden Signs You Might Be Depressed
8 Hidden Signs You Might Be Depressed

Depression, especially milder cases, doesn’t always involve crying or feeling obviously unhappy… >>

Studies Show These 8 Smells Make People Happy
Studies Show These 8 Smells Make People Happy

The key to happiness might be right under your nose. >>

These 11 Little Habits Are Blocking Your Creativity
These 11 Little Habits Are Blocking Your Creativity

Experts say everyone has the capacity to be creative, but many of our daily thoughts and actions… >>

Malcolm Gladwell on the Late Bloomer Phenomenon
Malcolm Gladwell on the Late Bloomer Phenomenon

If you haven't discovered your exceptional gift yet, you're in good company. Mark Twain, Alfred… >>

How Unhealthy Is Binge Watching? Press Pause, and Read On
How Unhealthy Is Binge Watching? Press Pause, and Read On

Binge-watching might be worse for you than you think, according to the latest research, but here's… >>

Could You Be a Genius? This Mensa Quiz Will Tell You
Could You Be a Genius? This Mensa Quiz Will Tell You

Here's a fun way to put your IQ through its paces. Try these sample questions! >>

6 Weird Effects Fast Food Has on Your Brain
6 Weird Effects Fast Food Has on Your Brain

You probably know it can blow up your waistline, but fast food may also have a surprising impact on… >>

7 of the Earliest Signs of Alzheimer’s
7 of the Earliest Signs of Alzheimer’s

If you or a loved one experiences these subtle but possibly serious symptoms of memory loss… >>

5 Surprising Things You Didn't Know Were Contagious
5 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know Were Contagious

Germs aren't the only things you have to worry about "catching." Emotions are also infectious… >>