A study describes the complex brain circuitry that lets us identify, savor (or recoil from) a taste
There is little scientific support for this fashionable idea—and stronger evidence for other learning strategies
Signals long thought to be “noise” appear to represent a distinct form of brain activity
Scientists are beginning to unravel a mystery that has long vexed philosophers
An Unforgettable Activity from Science Buddies
In a new book, best-selling author Michael Pollan explores psychedelics and the mind
Despite the conventional wisdom, a new study shows picking up the subtleties of grammar in a second language does not fade until well into the teens
Brown University biologist and author Ken Miller talks about his new book The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness and Free Will.
In a study of children interacting with toy animals Native American kids and non-Native kids imagined the animals very differently.
Listeners gave more credence to a scientist’s radio interview when the audio was good quality than they did to the same material when the audio was poor. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Can we really boost our intelligence?
A new study claims it's easier to accurately whistle a melody than to sing it. Christopher Intagliata reports.
A mouse study deconstructs for the first time a neural circuit underlying a complex social behavior
Rather than always making the same call in response to the same stimuli, North Atlantic right whales are capable of changing their vocalizations.
Volunteers willing to place riskier bets tended to sport larger amygdalas—a region associated with processing fear. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Where does responsibility lie if a person acts under the influence of their brain implant?
Michael Lemonick, opinion editor at Scientific American, talks about his most recent book, The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory and Love, about Lonni Sue Johnson, who suffered a specific kind of brain damage that robbed her of much of her memory and her ability to form new memories, and what she has revealed to neuroscientists about memory and the brain.
Largest study to date of publicly funded early education program shows a major, sustained educational boost
The cognitive style you need in times of change, explained by best-selling author Leonard Mlodinow