The brain knows when we’re feeling lonely
Neural signatures show how our imaginations respond.
Loneliness isn’t just a feeling; it appears to deeply affect our brain networks. When nobody is around, our imaginati...
Would you hallucinate for science?
Researchers could induce illusions on demand.
Studying hallucinations is tricky business, and it can be distressing for people with conditions such as schizophreni...
Building memory in the early years
Brain and behaviour influence each other, study suggests.
Memory is one of our most fundamental and important cognitive skills, but how it forms is not entirely clear. Now ...
Do you both need to go walkies more?
Dogs and owners may share risk of developing diabetes.
Here’s some more fuel for “dog or cat” debate. Researchers have found that people who own a dog with diabetes are ...
Making sense of our words
How brains respond to the factual and the possible.
Information presented as fact evokes a stronger response in our brains than when it contains words that convey uncert...
Margie Profet stirs things up
Evolutionary biologist hailed a genius then disappears.
Beginning in 1988, Margie Profet published three papers that caused considerable discussion within segments of the sc...
I heard a scream, what did it mean?
Possibly not the obvious, study suggests. It’s about context.
If someone screams, most people will run to their rescue, fearing the worst. But they may be surprised to learn that ...
Hold on, that’s why we have fingerprints
Researchers explore the ridges, wet and dry.
Researchers have discovered that by regulating moisture levels, our fingerprints play a key role in our ability to gr...
Mitochondria linked to health in space
Data of mice and men point in the same direction.
As we plan to send more people into space for more time, there’s a growing imperative to understand what spacetime do...
Why gyms need to not smell like gyms
It could provide motivation in more ways than one.
Scientists have put forward a couple of new reasons why gyms need to smell a bit different. The first is a study ...
Social connection is something we crave
The brain has similar responses to isolation and fasting.
Just one day of forced social isolation evokes a similar neural response as food deprivation, US scientists have foun...
More reasons to try to sleep right
Studies examine risks of heart failure and asthma.
Two new observational studies have highlighted some possible health advantages of regularly getting a good night’s (r...