Thinking Sensing and Behaving

Photograph of a man cleaning and taking care of a child at the same time
The brain works best with one job at a time, but daily life calls for multitasking, causing a “bottle neck” in the brain.
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Read more to discover the cognitive benefits of play in early childhood.
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Shame and guilt feel awful, but they do serve a good purpose: to make you be a better human.
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Diet, exercise, and mental stimulation can keep our brains healthy as we age.
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Theory of mind is your ability to infer and understand other people’s thoughts, desires, and beliefs — no telepathic superpowers required.
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  • 4 min
Our culture affects what we eat, what we wear, and what language we speak. However, where we grow up in the world may also affect certain aspects of how our brains work.
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  • 4 min
Scientists are trying to figure out why so many of us want to pinch babies’ chubby cheeks and squeeze adorable puppies.
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Welcome to the crossroads of the optic nerves.
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Our brains change in subtle but measurable ways as we age, and neuroscientists have a few ideas about why that may be.
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With more than half of its tiny brain devoted to sight, the fruit fly is a favorite animal model for scientists studying the visual system.
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Procrastination comes down to a battle between the brain’s emotion and decision-making systems — with emotion often claiming victory.
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  • 5 min
A special part of the brain helps you juggle multiple activities at the same time.
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  • 4 min
Learn about the importance of introducing children to science at an early age.
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