Cognitive science

president donald trump blinking

Detecting ‘deepfake’ videos in the blink of an eye


It’s almost certain deepfakes will appear during the campaign season, purporting to depict candidates saying things or going places the real candidate wouldn’t.

Neuronal activity

Research suggests a new reason for teens’ risky behavior

Why we laugh

Why we: a) laugh b) love TV c) have nightmares

What's happening in this bored young woman's brain? Scientists aren't totally sure, but suspect that it is mostly beneficial

One woman’s plan to take your creativity back from your phone — by making you bored

Toddlers using iPads

Scientists say toddlers may be better problem-solvers than adults could ever hope to be

The Thinker

Research shows your social networks affect your mood — and your decisions


“We are largely products of our social networks,” says a Yale researcher involved in controlled tests of our decision making. Studies show our decisions aren’t truly our own to control. We are subconsciously changed by those around us, even if we don’t know them.

A Haitian child who will be placed for adoption sleeps in his crib at an orphanage outside of Port-au-Prince.

There may be languages lurking in your unconscious mind


The words you hear as an infant can alter your brain in ways that stick with you as an adult, even if you can’t consciously recall the language you heard. Canadian researchers found traces of Chinese in the brain activity of kids who were adopted as infants from China.


What your sense of smell tells you about your health


When you go to the doctor you may get an eye test or a hearing test — but you never get a smell test. A new study from researchers at the University of Chicago may change that.

The dove has long been a symbol of peace. This white dove lives at the Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan

The world is actually becoming more peaceful — believe it or not


New research suggests that, despite this summer’s headlines, the world is actually more peaceful today than in recent history.

People take part in an aqua aerobics session in a swimming pool at a resort at Holetown, Barbados, March 7, 2014.

Take a vacation. Your brain will thank you


As summer ends, people are cramming in that much-needed vacation in increasing numbers. But not everyone is taking them, indeed a quarter of American workers get no paid time off. And that’s a problem for our brains.