The Human Brain

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

7 Things You Do That Only Make the Pain Worse
7 Things You Do That Only Make the Pain Worse

Your thoughts and attitude toward your pain play a bigger role than you think in your pain… >>

9 Incredible Health Benefits of Music
9 Incredible Health Benefits of Music

The right notes can dampen appetite, relax blood vessels, and improve brain focus. >>

7 Things You Do That Actually Work Against You
7 Things You Do That Actually Work Against You

When seemingly logical behavior tends to backfire, doing more harm than good. >>

5 Power Words to Instantly Get What You Want
5 Power Words to Instantly Get What You Want

Trying to persuade a boss, a client, or even a family member to take your advice? These five words… >>

14 Weird Brain Exercises That Help You Get Smarter
14 Weird Brain Exercises That Help You Get Smarter

Giving your brain new experiences will keep it healthier. Try these mini mental workout exercises… >>

Why You Make Worse Decisions When You Want Something
Why You Make Worse Decisions When You Want Something

The ache of not having "enough" affects our intelligence and decision making. Here's how to fix it. >>

How to Catch a Liar
How to Catch a Liar

Pamela Meyer, the nation's best-known expert on lying, explains how to sniff out the truth in a… >>

7 Free Brain Games You Haven't Tried Before
7 Free Brain Games You Haven’t Tried Before

Strengthen your gray matter with these challenges to memory, math skills, and more. >>

5 Free Personality Tests You Can Take in Minutes
5 Free Personality Tests You Can Take in Minutes

These quick online quizzes offer surprisingly accurate snapshots of your defining characteristics. >>

Top Psychology Tricks to Spend Less While Shopping
Top Psychology Tricks to Spend Less While Shopping

These science-backed secrets reveal why and how you spend, to help you become a more mindful… >>

Are You Normal or Nuts? 2013 Edition
Are You Normal or Nuts? 2013 Edition

Calling all neurotics, paranoids, and phobics! Our panel of experts says you might not be as loony… >>

10 Proven Ways to Boost Creative Thinking
10 Proven Ways to Boost Creative Thinking

Creativity isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. The latest psychological research shows that… >>

The Best Brain Food You Should Be Eating
The Best Brain Food You Should Be Eating

Eat these foods to protect brain cells, improve your memory, and even reduce your odds of… >>

Experts Say These Magic Words Will Change Your Life
Experts Say These Magic Words Will Change Your Life

Small language tweaks may help you lose weight, beat stress, and strengthen your marriage. Use… >>

7 Ways to Trick Your Taste Buds Into Eating Healthier
7 Ways to Trick Your Taste Buds Into Eating Healthier

The best weight-loss move you haven’t tried? Training your palate to crave less sugar and salt… >>

Benefits of Reading: Getting Smart, Thin, Healthy, Happy
Benefits of Reading: Getting Smart, Thin, Healthy, Happy

A love of reading can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease, slash stress levels, encourage… >>

How Nostalgic, Happy Thoughts Make You Healthier
How Nostalgic, Happy Thoughts Make You Healthier

Boost your mood, ward off loneliness, and strengthen family bonds—all by thinking about your… >>

Why We Copy People Around Us Without Even Realizing It
Why We Copy People Around Us Without Even Realizing It

Synchronizing isn't just for swimmers and ice skaters; you might be mimicking others without even… >>

5 Weird Negative Effects of Social Media on Your Brain
5 Weird Negative Effects of Social Media on Your Brain

According to new research, your social networking habits might be affecting your brain more than… >>

Here's a Smart Test—and a Devilish Quiz
Here’s a Smart Test—and a Devilish Quiz

Reader's Digest first ran these deceptively easy questions in 1970. 
Not one person in a hundred… >>