Can Dogs “See” With Their Noses?

We all know that dogs have an incredible sense of smell—much better than that of humans. Now, new research shows an extensive “information highway” between the visual and olfactory system in dogs, indicating a degree of integration between sight and smell that is unheard of in humans. Does that mean dogs can “see” what they […]

The latest in brain food: Cranberries

Cranberries are rich in two types of flavonoids—plant compounds that studies have shown might deliver brain benefits. That’s why scientists in the UK decided to study whether a daily intake of cranberries (in this case a powder equal to about a cup of cranberries) could improve cognitive function. They found that the group of study […]

Rudeness is contagious

Over the great expanse of evolution, our brains developed to respond to threats in a way that would protect ourselves. In our current world, we can interpret someone being very rude about our beliefs or practices as a “threat,” which can put our brains on high alert. In response, we often get more stubborn, defend […]

Hate some sounds? Here’s why

“Misophonia” is the feeling some people get when they respond very negatively to certain sounds, such as chewing or breathing. At its worst, it can be a very intense reaction that is difficult for the person to endure. This may sound extreme—but research suggests that between 6% and 20% of people experience some degree of […]

The Teen Brain: 7 things to know

Did you know that big and important changes are happening in the brain during adolescence? Here are 7 things to know about the teen brain: The brain reaches its biggest size in early adolescence. For girls, the brain reaches its biggest size around 11 years old. For boys, the brain reaches its biggest size around age 14. But this difference […]