What does science have to say about the benefits of silence? Preliminary research (done on mice) suggests that prolonged periods of silence may trigger new brain cell development and help improve memory.
Scientists are reporting that gut bacteria can influence our moods, identifying a “depression microbe” that feeds on brain chemicals.
Researchers found that prairie voles show empathy by grooming or consoling another individual that appears to be distressed. This could be a major breakthrough for better understanding of psychiatric disorders in humans, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia.
Analyzing the body language of mice may help scientists better understand the behavioral effects of certain gene mutations.
Ant colonies are complex systems built on the cooperation of individual members. When under the attack from a predator, ants work as a well coordinated "superorganism" to esnure the safety of the colony.
Here's some unsettling news: new chimpanzee and neuroscience research is reinforcing the theory that our personalities are, in no small way, dictated by the structures of our brains. That is to say, we may choose how we act, but nature (not nurture) is deciding who we are in the most fundamental way.
Researchers have discovered that humans and monkeys perceive – and misperceive – the world in similar ways.
Being self-aware is not exactly a common trait in the animal kingdom. Experts know that dolphins, great apes, and even some 'lesser' monkey species are surprisingly aware of their own person. Still, the idea that any insect, never mind a simple fruit fly, could entertain a concept of self identify has long seemed impossible. Now, however, a team of researchers is arguing that bugs could know they're bugging you.
Researchers have determined that a single gene variant is responsible to giving aging women a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, compared to men of the same age.
Baleen whales are indisputably huge creatures and rorqual whales are the largest group of them all, weighing up to a stunning 180 metric tons. Even the smallest of this group, the northern minke whale, can weigh a whopping 9.9 short tons. Being so big, it's not a stretch to assume their biology might be a little different than our own, and now a new study has proven it so. Rorqual whales, it seems, have unique nerve tissue that is just as thick and stretchy as your run-of-the-mill bungee cord.
Stretchy and malleable Silly Putty appears to be useful in helping embryonic stem cells turn into working spinal cord cells, according to a past study.
The hormone regulating neurotransmitters glutamate and serotonin have long been associated with happiness, with serotonin in particular being the subject of many reward-based behavioral studies. However, a new study has found that if a male mouse is exposed to high levels of these transmitters, they become exceptionally aggressive and violent.
Despite what some may say, bats aren't blind. Sonar helps, but it isn't everything. Now a new study of the common fruit bat has revealed how exactly these animals keep track of where they are mid-flight - revealing the same mechanism that other mammals and even humans use to guess at location and direction.
The face of search and rescue, traditionally characterized by brave men and women and your occasional St. Bernard, just got a bit uglier. That's because researchers have created cyborg cockroaches that are capable of homing in on the sound of distressed disaster victims in tight spaces.
We've long known that at least in the case of most rashes, if you scratch it, you'll just make it worse. However, that fact, a common warning from mothers everywhere, actually applies to all itches, no matter how small, according to a new study. Why is it that moms have to be right all the time?