The Human Brain

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Bigger Brains Linked With Slightly Better Cognitive Performance

Using a larger dataset than all previous studies on the subject combined, researchers found a small connection between brain size and cognitive performance. More

  • Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are discovering what happens in the brain when emotions from one event carry over to the next. More

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    Investigating Emotional Spillover in the Brain

    Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are discovering what happens in the brain when emotions from one event carry over to the next. More

  • Transcranial direct-current stimulation may be growing in popularity, but research suggests that it probably does not add meaningful benefit to cognitive training. More

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    No Evidence That Brain-Stimulation Technique Boosts Cognitive Training

    Transcranial direct-current stimulation may be growing in popularity, but research suggests that it probably does not add meaningful benefit to cognitive training. More

  • Reporters and editors, bloggers, social media stars, and even big companies are all trying to figure out the secret recipe for making content go viral. Punchy headlines, funny gifs, and cute animals all seem to help, but the trick to identifying whether content will take off or fall flat is More

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    Brain Activity Can Predict Which Articles Go Viral

    Reporters and editors, bloggers, social media stars, and even big companies are all trying to figure out the secret recipe for making content go viral. Punchy headlines, funny gifs, and cute animals all seem to help, but the trick to identifying whether content will take off or fall flat is More

  • As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, you may be thinking about how each food will taste and whether it’s nutritious, or you may be trying to decide what you’re in the mood for. A new neuroimaging study suggests that while you’re thinking all More

    Brain Activity Provides Evidence for Internal “Calorie Counter”

    As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, you may be thinking about how each food will taste and whether it’s nutritious, or you may be trying to decide what you’re in the mood for. A new neuroimaging study suggests that while you’re thinking all More

  • Brain activity can be used to tell whether someone recognizes details they encountered in normal, daily life, which may have implications for criminal investigations and use in courtrooms. More

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    Brain Wave May Be Used to Detect What People Have Seen, Recognize

    Brain activity can be used to tell whether someone recognizes details they encountered in normal, daily life, which may have implications for criminal investigations and use in courtrooms. More

  • Burnout is not just a state of mind. Psychological research shows it to be a condition that leads to distinctive changes in the anatomy and functioning of the brain. More

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    Burnout and the Brain

    Burnout is not just a state of mind. Psychological research shows it to be a condition that leads to distinctive changes in the anatomy and functioning of the brain. More

  • Activity in areas of the brain related to reward and self-control may offer neural markers that predict whether people are likely to resist or give in to temptations, like food. More

    Individual Brain Activity Predicts Tendency to Succumb to Daily Temptations

    Activity in areas of the brain related to reward and self-control may offer neural markers that predict whether people are likely to resist or give in to temptations, like food. More

  • Psychological scientists have generated an understanding of the brain’s own navigation capabilities, from the level of individual cells all the way up to higher level cognitive networks. More

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    Point to Point

    Psychological scientists have generated an understanding of the brain’s own navigation capabilities, from the level of individual cells all the way up to higher level cognitive networks. More

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