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20

Oct

Your brain has a biological response to a good bookNew research reveals that reading a novel can ‘trick’ your brain and ‘transport you into the body of the protagonist.’

Your brain has a biological response to a good book
New research reveals that reading a novel can ‘trick’ your brain and ‘transport you into the body of the protagonist.’

11

Oct

What is synesthesia and what’s it like to have it?Synesthetes can taste sounds, smell colors or see scents, and research proves these people — who make up 4 percent of the population — experience reality differently.

What is synesthesia and what’s it like to have it?
Synesthetes can taste sounds, smell colors or see scents, and research proves these people — who make up 4 percent of the population — experience reality differently.

06

Oct

What is synesthesia and what’s it like to have it?Synesthetes can taste sounds, smell colors or see scents, and research proves these people — who make up 4 percent of the population — experience reality differently.

What is synesthesia and what’s it like to have it?
Synesthetes can taste sounds, smell colors or see scents, and research proves these people — who make up 4 percent of the population — experience reality differently.

04

Oct

Do you have a bi-literate brain?Your brain retains information differently depending on whether you read on paper or an e-reader.

Do you have a bi-literate brain?
Your brain retains information differently depending on whether you read on paper or an e-reader.

23

Sep

Why your cat goes crazy for catnipHere’s what’s going on inside your cat’s brain when he gets a whiff of this common plant.

Why your cat goes crazy for catnip
Here’s what’s going on inside your cat’s brain when he gets a whiff of this common plant.

Do you have a bi-literate brain?Your brain retains information differently depending on whether you read on paper or an e-reader.

Do you have a bi-literate brain?
Your brain retains information differently depending on whether you read on paper or an e-reader.

Who you’re attracted to has to do with brain chemistryA study shows that personality, which may be affected by brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, plays a role in initial love and attraction.

Who you’re attracted to has to do with brain chemistry
A study shows that personality, which may be affected by brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, plays a role in initial love and attraction.

5 mind-bending facts about dreamsAs scientists become increasingly able to probe deeper into our minds, they are beginning to shine some light on the mysteries of what happens when we sleep.

5 mind-bending facts about dreams
As scientists become increasingly able to probe deeper into our minds, they are beginning to shine some light on the mysteries of what happens when we sleep.

15

Sep

Why do these still images appear to move?
Artists can create optical illusions that trick us into thinking static images are moving, but scientists aren’t entirely sure why our brains perceive such motion.

13

Sep

Tired? Take a coffee napStudies show that following a cup of coffee with a 20-minute nap is one of the most effective ways to wake yourself up.

Tired? Take a coffee nap
Studies show that following a cup of coffee with a 20-minute nap is one of the most effective ways to wake yourself up.