The Human Brain

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

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. >>

Remember Everything!  8 Apps that Banish Forgetfulness
Remember Everything! 8 Apps that Banish Forgetfulness

The one thing you never forget is your cell phone, right? Download these apps to help lighten your… >>

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… >>

The Psychology of a Silver Medal
The Psychology of a Silver Medal

Are athletes like McKayla Maroney, Galen Rupp, and Cullen Jones—who all recently won silver… >>

Researchers: Facebook Can Boost Self-Esteem ...and Waist Size
Researchers: Facebook Can Boost Self-Esteem …and Waist Size

Need a quick ego boost? Spend five minutes on Facebook. But beware—it could also lower your… >>

Read This, Feel Smarter
Read This, Feel Smarter

Prepare to be the most informed relative/coworker/friend in your circle this holiday season. New… >>

Memorable Pets for Alzheimer's Patients
Memorable Pets for Alzheimer’s Patients

My beloved grandma Lil succumbed to ever-worsening dementia before she passed away from heart… >>

In Zoo News: Chimp Thinks Like Human
In Zoo News: Chimp Thinks Like Human

Santino, a feisty male chimpanzee at the Furuvik Zoo in Sweden, is known for throwing rocks at… >>

99 Ways to Tell a Story
99 Ways to Tell a Story

Aside from my job at Reader's Digest, I'm taking a class in Narrative Theory and Screenwriting. One… >>

This Is Your Brain on Shakespeare: New Study Says Classic Lit Gives the Mind a Boost
This Is Your Brain on Shakespeare: New Study Says Classic Lit Gives the Mind a Boost

Next time you need a brain boost, put down the self help book and pick up some… >>

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… >>

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… >>

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… >>

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… >>

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… >>

How to Remember Names
How to Remember Names

Recent studies shed light on why memory blips happen when you are trying to remember someone's… >>