Economic researchers are uncovering the chemical triggers in our brains that spark feelings of trust—and using their findings to better understand how markets work.
Far from simply being a relaxed state, meditation is a period of heightened mental activity. Long-term practice can increase one's capacity for attention as well as compassion.
As neuroimaging labs use scanners to reveal more and more details about how the brain works, their findings are increasingly affecting the legal system.
By studying the neural networks in the brain, scientists have constructed computer-based models that mirror the brain's complex biological networks.
Our memory peaks at the age of 30, and then it declines gradually with time. But if we train our brains to stay more active and focused, they can remain healthier longer.
Given that drugs like Ritalin and Adderall raise productivity indiscriminately, shouldn't everyone be using them? Dr. Harold Koplewicz, one of the nation's leading child psychiatrists, thinks ADHD—like the drugs that are used to treat it—is "highly misunderstood."
Social philosopher William Powers and scientist Gary Small say distractions in the digital age come at the cost of sustained, deep attention.
How is it that we're able to focus on a distant conversation while ignoring the person who is speaking right in front of us? Tony Zador, a neuroscientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, breaks down the brain mechanisms that allow us to have selective auditory attention.
The amygdala, an almond-shaped structure in the limbic system, is where the the brain processes and reacts to frightening stimuli. Because of its mechanism, our emotional responses to situations that feel dangerous are often unconscious.
There's no such thing as a verbatim, facsimile memory, says USC neuroscientist Antonio Damasio. When we reconstruct events in our minds, we are pulling together set sequences of specific details stored in different parts of the brain.
Confidence is a trait typically cast as a higher-order function in the brain. It’s at once the act of making a decision, recognizing the decision as thought, and measuring the degree to which that decision makes sense. An impartial judge it’s not, prophet even less, yet confidence surely requires ...
Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker's research looks at how language exists in our minds, and how it informs the way we create social relationships.
Psychiatrist Norman Doidge, author of "The Brain That Changes Itself," discusses how neuroplasticity can be hijacked by an addition to pornography.
What's going on chemically in your brain as you feel the pierce of cupid's arrow? Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher explains the cocktail of neurotransmitters that cause you to fall in (and out of) love.
It is a cliché that the brain is the "largest sex organ," but the repetition of the phrase doesn't make it any less true.