Category: brain

A person with damage to the right brain hemisphere can develop a…

A person with damage to the right brain hemisphere can develop a “joke addiction” – a compulsive need to constantly make jokes. 

A person with damage to the right brain hemisphere can develop a…

A person with damage to the right brain hemisphere can develop a “joke addiction” – a compulsive need to constantly make jokes. 

When you sleep in unfamiliar surroundings, only half your brain…

When you sleep in unfamiliar surroundings, only half your brain is getting a good night’s rest while the other half stands guard.

Photo : Judit Klein / flickr

MRI scans of dogs’ brains show that they see their owners as…

MRI scans of dogs’ brains show that they see their owners as family and prioritize the smell of humans over anything else.

When people self-injure, e.g., cut themselves with razors, the…

When people self-injure, e.g., cut themselves with razors, the brain immediately stops repeating painful thoughts, such as, “I am worthless and unlovable”, and releases a flood of soothing endorphins. 

Forgetting things is actually good for your brain.Photo © Nevit…

Forgetting things is actually good for your brain.

Photo © Nevit Dilmen

A study in the journal Neuron says forgetting information isn’t a failure on your brain’s part. In fact, just the opposite is true—letting go of some information actually helps your mind work better. Assuming you aren’t putting yourself at risk of dementia, a little forgetfulness is nothing to worry about.

Brain scans reveal that dogs not only seem to love us back, but…

Brain scans reveal that dogs not only seem to love us back, but they actually see us as their family.

Brain scans reveal that dogs not only seem to love us back, but…

Brain scans reveal that dogs not only seem to love us back, but they actually see us as their family.

Loneliness is processed in the same part of the brain as…

Loneliness is processed in the same part of the brain as physical pain.

Photo : Bert Kaufmann / Flickr

Heavy sleepers have more brain activity going on while they…

Heavy sleepers have more brain activity going on while they sleep – the activity drowns out the noises that would wake up most people.