Empathy fatigue: The quickly rising global COVID death toll is too much for our brains to process

Empathy fatigue: The quickly rising global COVID death toll is too much for our brains to process

More tragedy doesn’t always elicit more empathy; it can counterintuitively bring about apathy. The magnitude of the death toll can ...
Video: Is lying an innate human trait?

Video: Is lying an innate human trait?

Everyone lies. Even you and even me. We lie about small things and we lie about big things. We lie ...
Acting rash or unwise? Don't blame your 'lizard brain', claims ‘Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain’ book

Acting rash or unwise? Don’t blame your ‘lizard brain’, claims ‘Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain’ book

Scientists have long posited that time and evolution stratified the human brain, with the oldest and crudest lizard layer lurking ...
Are women superior to men? Research suggests most of us are more likely to believe that sex differences favor females

Are women superior to men? Research suggests most of us are more likely to believe that sex differences favor females

In [a new] study, 492 participants — most of whom resided in the United States, the United Kingdom, or Canada ...
COVID-19 linked to early Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive decline

COVID-19 linked to early Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive decline

Decades of evidence from other respiratory viruses, along with observations of patients in recent months, suggests such infections may increase ...
How honest are you? When do you think it’s okay to deceive? It may be hard-wired

How honest are you? When do you think it’s okay to deceive? It may be hard-wired

Humans are a social species. There is pretty compelling evidence that without cooperation, people are much less likely to survive ...
Humans and chimpanzees share 99% of the same DNA. This is the 1% difference

Humans and chimpanzees share 99% of the same DNA. This is the 1% difference

With only 1% difference, the human and chimpanzee protein-coding genomes are remarkably similar. Understanding the biological features that make us ...
Video: How the unique immune system of prehistoric-like jawless lamprey fish may unlock cures for brain diseases

Video: How the unique immune system of prehistoric-like jawless lamprey fish may unlock cures for brain diseases

You might expect to find these fish at the core of an ancient, distant asteroid, but we find them instead ...
We are inching towards direct brain control of computers. Here’s when they'll be ready

We are inching towards direct brain control of computers. Here’s when they’ll be ready

Imagine controlling your computer just by thinking. It sounds far-out, but real advances are happening on these so-called brain-computer interfaces ...
How do physiological processes produce a conscious state of mind?

How do physiological processes produce a conscious state of mind?

I believe there are two reasons why we have failed to solve the hard part of the problem [of consciousness] ...
How virtual reality could become a vital treatment to deal with the uncertainty of COVID

How virtual reality could become a vital treatment to deal with the uncertainty of COVID

A national shortage in mental health clinicians existed before COVID-19. Now, health care organizations must decide how to rapidly scale ...
Dream engineering: Virtual reality and brain stimulation yield surprising insight into the brain

Dream engineering: Virtual reality and brain stimulation yield surprising insight into the brain

[Adam] Haar Horowitz is one of a small but growing group of researchers who call themselves dream engineers and are ...
Neuroscientist Catherine Dulac challenges misperceptions about ‘male’ and ‘female’ instincts

Neuroscientist Catherine Dulac challenges misperceptions about ‘male’ and ‘female’ instincts

Though she is trained as a developmental biologist, [Catherine] Dulac takes her research into territory usually explored by social scientists ...
How the brain compares the present to the past to notice changes in our environments

How the brain compares the present to the past to notice changes in our environments

Imagine you are sitting on the couch in your living room reading. You do it almost every night. But then, ...
‘The Pattern Seekers’: What autism can tell us about the evolutionary tipping point that made us human

‘The Pattern Seekers’: What autism can tell us about the evolutionary tipping point that made us human

[In “The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention,” psychologist Simon] Baron-Cohen argues that humans split off from all other ...
What explains ‘home court advantage’ in sports? NBA ‘bubble’ provides some clues

What explains ‘home court advantage’ in sports? NBA ‘bubble’ provides some clues

The weirdly truncated pro basketball season of 2019-20 afforded a prime opportunity for a natural experiment. After halting its season ...
Genetically modified tomato developed to naturally produce Parkinson's fighting L-DOPA drug

Genetically modified tomato developed to naturally produce Parkinson’s fighting L-DOPA drug

The John Innes Centre led team modified [a] tomato fruit by introducing a gene responsible for the synthesis of L-DOPA ...
What the brain looks like when we're lonely

What the brain looks like when we’re lonely

A new study, headed by a team at McGill University, has now identified neurobiological signatures in the brains of lonely ...
The Serena Williams effect: Why younger siblings are more likely to become elite athletes

The Serena Williams effect: Why younger siblings are more likely to become elite athletes

While Venus has enjoyed a magnificent career, winning seven Grand Slam singles titles, Serena has won 23 Grand Slams and is widely acclaimed ...
‘Auto-activation deficit’: The curious cases of people hard wired to react but not act

‘Auto-activation deficit’: The curious cases of people hard wired to react but not act

One day, a lively and successful businessman was bitten by a wasp, triggering an unexpected encephalopathy of the brain. Afterwards, he ...
Saints and psychopaths, light and dark: Which personality type is more likely to succeed?

Saints and psychopaths, light and dark: Which personality type is more likely to succeed?

There is an oft-touted saying that ‘Nice guys finish last’ and, on the face of it, this might seem correct ...
Exploring the science and mystery of dreams

Exploring the science and mystery of dreams

While there is a vigorous debate over whether the actual conscious experiencing of dreams while they occur serves a function, ...
Pigs are ‘hot’ as family pets. Are they as social as dogs?

Pigs are ‘hot’ as family pets. Are they as social as dogs?

Pork is now the most widely eaten meat in the world. At the same time, owing to the creation of novel, smaller ...
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Brain food or health fad: Can you really boost cognition with nootropics?

What if you could think better, faster, and have a stronger memory? Nootropics, found in foods and supplements, are believed ...
‘Tip-of-the-tongue’ phenomenon: Does it signal cognitive decline and dementia?

‘Tip-of-the-tongue’ phenomenon: Does it signal cognitive decline and dementia?

[A] person is certain she knows the word she is searching for. It may seem as if the AWOL term ...
Replicants: How humans and AI – artificial intelligence – could merge

Replicants: How humans and AI – artificial intelligence – could merge

Researchers are starting to build hybrid collaborative systems that combine the best of an AI model’s superpowers with human intuition. In this, humans ...
Human nature and self identity: How much does our character change throughout life?

Human nature and self identity: How much does our character change throughout life?

Everyone grows and sees their interests, hobbies, passions, and opinions change over time, but does that mean that our very ...
The growing tachysensia community: What is it like when our mind’s speedometer goes awry?

The growing tachysensia community: What is it like when our mind’s speedometer goes awry?

Drive for an hour at 65 mph on an interstate alongside other vehicles moving at similar speeds. Then take an exit ...
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