Chicks Might Map Numbers From Left To Right – Just Like Us!

When you think of the numbers 1–10, you probably envision them running along a line, with 1 on the left and 10 on the right. Scientists have long debated whether this tendency is hardwired or culturally instilled. This week, the hardwired camp scored a major point. Young chickens, it seems, also map numbers from… » 1/30/15 10:40am 1/30/15 10:40am

What Do Bhopal And Chernobyl Have To Do With Artificial Intelligence?

Everything, actually. Artificial intelligence is poised to accompany humanity for the rest of its existence. We have a responsibility to make it safe. While we still can. » 1/08/15 2:20pm 1/08/15 2:20pm

Neuroscientists "Rediscover" A Completely New Brain Part

A major brain pathway first described in an 1881 neuroanatomy atlas — and then completely forgotten — has been rediscovered and confirmed by scientists using modern scanning techniques. » 11/18/14 12:30pm 11/18/14 12:30pm

How Many Tasks Can Our Brains Process At The Same Time?

The human brain has been described as a massively parallel computing machine. But just how powerful is it? A recent brain scan analysis is offering some unexpected results. » 11/10/14 9:30am 11/10/14 9:30am

Brain Abnormalities Linked To Chronic Fatigue

People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome are often told that their condition isn't real — that it's all in their head. It turns out this is true — but in a very literal sense. Researchers have learned that the brains of CFS patients have very specific brain abnormalities, a discovery that will lead to better… » 10/30/14 9:30am 10/30/14 9:30am

Watch How The Presence Of A Mean Adult Makes This Toddler's Head Spin

As adults, we've learned to alter our behavior in the presence of angry people. But as this fascinating experiment reveals, even toddlers as young as 15 months have already figured this out. » 10/09/14 1:00pm 10/09/14 1:00pm

No, It's Not Your Imagination -- Your Dog Is Actually Feeling Jealous

Humans share basic emotions like anger, sadness, and joy with other animals. But for a long time, scientists argued that complex cognition is necessary for secondary emotions like jealousy and guilt. Owners see those emotions in their dogs all the time, however — and now it turns out they may be right. » 7/23/14 12:38pm 7/23/14 12:38pm

How Electronic Engineers Are Helping Us Unravel The Human Brain

Electronic engineers are emerging as important contributors to our understanding of the workings of the human brain — a scientific development that could lead to breakthroughs in medical treatments of brain disorders and artificial intelligence. But how is this even possible? » 7/08/14 8:45am 7/08/14 8:45am

No, this isn't a petrified bowl of spaghetti — it's what the white matter in your brain looks like. The Franklin Institute 3D-printed this remarkably complex model for a new exhibit. Skeptics said it couldn't be done, but the finished product accurately reflects the 2,000 strands of nerve cells found in the brain. » 7/01/14 8:30am 7/01/14 8:30am

Being In A Group Can Make People Lose Touch With Their Moral Beliefs

Behavioral psychologists have known for quite some time that people are more likely to harm others when they're part of a group. A new study suggests that "mob mentality'" happens when we stop reflecting on our own personal moral standards. » 6/13/14 3:45pm 6/13/14 3:45pm

Depressed in Summer? It May Be Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is usually something that wrecks your mood during the dark, cold months of winter. But for some people, summer is the time they feel the worst. It's called reverse SAD, and neuroscientists are just beginning to understand how it works. » 6/04/14 11:07am 6/04/14 11:07am

Brain-inspired Microchips Simulate One Million Neurons In Real Time

By modeling a circuit board on the human brain, Stanford bioengineers have developed microchips that are 9,000 times faster than a typical PC. Called Neurogrid, these energy-efficient circuits could eventually power autonomous robots and advanced prosthetic limbs. » 4/29/14 8:15am 4/29/14 8:15am

Boosting Brain Power Comes At A Price

Studies show that mild electrical currents can accelerate a number of cognitive functions, such as learning and math. But researchers now say there are mental tradeoffs to doing so. » 4/28/14 10:00pm 4/28/14 10:00pm

A radical new theory by a well-respected scientist suggests that consciousness is a state of matter, like a liquid or gas. According to MIT's Max Tegmark, "perceptronium" gives rise to various types of consciousness when certain mathematical and physical conditions are met. » 4/23/14 3:20pm 4/23/14 3:20pm

Why a Head Injury Can Be Far Worse Than You Realize

Each year in the United States, 2.5 million people will visit the ER for traumatic head injury. Of them, 50,000 will die. And those who do recover often exhibit lingering effects. It's a serious public health issue that's only getting worse. Here's what you need to know about protecting your head. » 4/01/14 11:40am 4/01/14 11:40am

Are photographic memories real -- and could you have one?

There are people out there who can remember almost every detail of what they did on a random day ten years ago. But is it possible to have an actual photographic memory, whether developed by nature or nurture? Here's the truth. » 2/13/14 11:00am 2/13/14 11:00am

What animal do you think might be as smart as a human?

We still don't have a good way to measure human intelligence, let alone non-human intelligence. And yet there are some animals whose intellectual abilities are undeniably strong — maybe even as strong as ours. Which animals do you think might one day turn out to be our mental equals? » 12/04/13 2:31pm 12/04/13 2:31pm

Why Teenage Brains Are Different From Everyone Else's

Being a teenager is as infuriating as it is amazing. Caught between childhood and adulthood, adolescents often have fully developed bodies, but their brains are still under construction. Here's what neuroscience is learning about the remarkable teenage brain, and how it affects behavior. » 12/02/13 10:14am 12/02/13 10:14am

The chief science officer for the Allen Institute for Brain Science says that consciousness arises within any sufficiently complex information-processing system, whether it be worms or the Internet. It's a modern take on an ancient concept: panpsychism. Wired's Brandon Keim recently caught up with Christof Koch to… » 11/14/13 3:20pm 11/14/13 3:20pm

The cognitive bias that allows people to justify genocide

Why would we rather justify our bad deeds than apologize for them? Social psychologist Carol Tavris has just written a great essay on the "design flaws" in our brains that cause us to lie to ourselves about horrific mistakes we've made — and then make them again. » 11/13/13 10:41am 11/13/13 10:41am