Why Are So Few People Left-Handed?

Today marks the 22nd annual International Left-Handers Day. To celebrate, let's look at why only around one in ten people is left-handed. Why, pray tell, are lefties are so rare – or, said another way, why are most of us righties? It seems like a simple question, but it's actually one of the biggest mysteries in all… » 8/13/14 12:20pm 8/13/14 12:20pm

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

Scientists Accidentally Discover The Brain's Consciousness "Off Switch"

While performing deep brain surgery on a woman with epilepsy, neuroscientists from George Washington University stimulated an area of her brain that unexpectedly — and temporarily — caused her to lose awareness. It's a discovery that could shed light on the very nature of consciousness itself. » 7/04/14 7:00am 7/04/14 7:00am

How Mushrooms Expand Your Mind and Amplify Your Brain's Dreaming Areas

Psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in mushrooms, can alter consciousness profoundly. Robin Carhart-Harris, co-author of a newly published study that examines the effects of psilocybin on brain activity, explains how his team is piecing together the mechanisms that cause its mind-expanding effects. » 7/03/14 2:30pm 7/03/14 2:30pm

Why Solitary Confinement Is The Worst Kind Of Psychological Torture

There may be as many as 80,000 American prisoners currently locked-up in a SHU, or segregated housing unit. Solitary confinement in a SHU can cause irreversible psychological effects in as little as 15 days. Here's what social isolation does to your brain, and why it should be considered torture. » 7/01/14 11:13am 7/01/14 11:13am