• It shouldn’t be just about happy endings

    Human bias can skew our memory and our choices.

    A human bias towards happy endings can skew our memory of an experience and the likelihood of choosing it again.T...

    Body and Mind October 20, 2020
  • Get a good night’s rest before tests

    Monitoring confirms our brains replay memories while we sleep.

    Students have long been told they should get a good night’s sleep before exams rather than cramming up to the last mi...

    Body and Mind May 6, 2020
  • Linking scents to memories

    Smell could be a valuable tool in memory-related mood disorders.

    This image isn’t one of paint, it’s of pyramidal cells in a mouse prelimbic cortex (shown in blue) that were active d...

    Biology March 19, 2020
  • Conversation

    An electronic chip that makes ‘memories’

    Optogenetics can help mimic the brain.

    What better way to build smarter computer chips than to mimic nature’s most perfect computer – the human brain?Bein...

    Materials July 21, 2019
  • From the vault: Brain teaser

    Cosmos takes a look back at some of our most popular articles.

    We had half a mind to claim that the team at Cosmos put their heads together to come up with this week’s cerebral vau...

    Biology August 10, 2015
  • Why are smells so evocative?

    Smell is our most primitive sense, but how it works isn’t entirely understood, says Alex Russell.

    Childhood smells, like chocolate cake, can evoke memories for a lifetime. – Brand New Images / Getty Images ...

    Social Sciences July 13, 2015
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