Learn how controlling your dreams may allow scientists to unlock the mysteries of consciousness while you sleep.
Can fungus turn ants into zombies?
A parasitic fungus infects ants and manipulates their behavior. What’s happening behind the scenes?
Changing body, changing brain
Everything your corny sex-ed class didn’t tell you about puberty’s effects on brain development.
10 Big Unanswered Questions in Neuroscience (Part One)
Now that we’ve peered into distant galaxies and put a man on the moon, the true final frontier may be our very own brains!
Who do you become when you’re sleepy?
How does sleep deprivation affect the brain?
Monoclonal Antibodies: From COVID-19 to Alzheimer’s
Unpacking the two newest FDA-approved drugs for Alzheimer’s disease
First steps toward a new approach to overcoming memory loss
Losing your memory can be devastating, but a promising new study is paving the way toward a new approach to treating memory loss.
Can a racing heart lead to a racing mind?
In a recent study, neuroscientists found that the physical sensation of a rapidly beating heart is enough to cause anxiety.
Don’t move a muscle
Our body’s built-in brakes keep us safely still even while our brains remain active during REM sleep.
Shopping the brain: How to find regions to test drive
With a complex organ like the brain, how do neuroscientists decide where to focus their attention? Two newer technologies are paving the way for a fast process that helps researchers make this important decision.
The lonely brain: The neuroscience of social isolation
The COVID-19 lockdown resulted in an abrupt, unprecedented social isolation. How do our brains react to social isolation? What do we know about the neuroscience behind social isolation and loneliness?
Where do we go when we fall asleep?
What happens in the brain while we sleep? As it turns out, a lot: learning and memory, waste clearance, and metabolism.
How did the chicken cross the road?
There’s a reason chickens have their unique strut. The “bob” of a chicken’s head as it walks allows it to see, and is enabled by some amazing neural systems.
The role of early life trauma in binge eating
Trauma puts individuals at higher risk for developing an eating disorder. But what’s happening in the brain to cause it?
Video Supplement: “Learning to Read the Mind”
Can neuroscientists read your mind?
A window of opportunity for learning
How our early life experiences during “critical periods” permanently shape our brain
Growing evidence for a link between viral infections and brain diseases
A new study finds links between several viruses and brain diseases. We’ll break down what this study does and doesn’t tell you about what to think next time you get the flu.
The case for turning up the bass
Music is more than just hearing sound; it’s also feeling it. Scientists have shown that feeling the bass makes music more enjoyable and causes people to dance more.
When did you become you?
We all have something about us that makes us unique. Find out how scientists are using fish to uncover when in life this individuality emerges.
Sex differences in pain
Do males and females experience physical pain differently?
We have the technology!
Neuroscientists often develop entirely new tools to better understand the brain. Neuropixels is one such technology that is helping neuroscientists answer major questions.
2022 Neuroscience Year in Review
Read about what excited our writers about neuroscience this year.
Brush it real good!
Scientists find a link between oral bacteria and the brain
Video Supplement to Electroconvulsive Therapy: The Mystery of Mechanism
Do doctors still use electroconvulsive therapy?
When you add two halves, do you get a whole?
Who are you when you're split in two? When it comes to your brain, two halves do not make a whole. Learn about how the two halves of your brain communicate and what happens when they stop.
What is a headache?
Migraines impart an incredible amount of pain, but where is the pain coming from and how can it be controlled?
Cutting through the “noise”
Learn about 1/f, the static that’s anything but random
Why do we get the hiccups?
… and other brain reflexes that we may have inherited from our distant ancestors.
Octopus: the animal that keeps itself company
The fox’s nine tails and the cat’s nine lives are mythical. What about the octopus’s nine brains?
The lies our eyes tell us
What we think we see isn’t always what’s really in front of us. Scientists use optical illusions to demonstrate how our brains use quick tricks to shape how we see the world.