Some people's minds are blind
Aphantasia: the lack of all mental visual imagery.
Picture the sun setting over the ocean. It’s large above the horizon, spreading an orange-pink glow across the sky. ...
Hard to imagine: some people’s minds are blind
Trouble visualising also affects memories and dreams.
When most people imagine walking on a beach at sunset, their mind will likely conjure up a picture such as this. For ...
The man who can’t see numbers
His brain can, but to him it’s like spaghetti.
Thanks to the late Oliver Sacks, we’ve heard astonishing tales of the brain’s idiosyncratic digressions when things g...
Why some people find it easier to lose weight
Study highlights our uniquely individual responses.
Ever wondered why some people can eat to their heart’s content while others agonise over every calorie and still stru...
Lessons from climbing the highest mountains
Mountaineering helps think laterally in the lab.
Climbing the world's highest mountains may seem worlds away from a lab, but not for cardiologist Dr Nikki Bart. The ...
Wealth affects how we age in lots of ways
Study assesses impact across broad range of functions.
Social circumstances may have pervasive effects on core aging processes, new British research suggests. It found t...
How much colour do we really see?
Study suggests it’s only what’s right in front of us.
Colour awareness has long been a puzzle for researchers in neuroscience and psychology, who debate how much colour ob...
The changing face of cholesterol problems
Levels are dropping in the West but rising in Asia.
High blood cholesterol has increased in lower- and middle-income countries and declined in high-income countries sinc...
Far enough for you?
Study assesses social distancing and face masks.
Over the past six months, most of us have had to come to terms with a world previously known only to those living or ...
Narrowing down the time of death
New model could vastly improve forensic predictions.
Estimating someone’s time of death can be a complicated and vague affair, with important ramifications – especially i...
Researchers link vaping to risk of oral disease
And the damaging effects aren’t linked to nicotine.
US researchers say just a few months of vaping puts healthy people on the brink of oral disease. The bacteria in t...
The good things that live in your nose
It’s not just the gut that benefits from the right bacteria.
There are bacteria that choose to live in your nose, and that’s actually a good thing. Belgian studies suggest tha...