Before we introduce some scientific facts to you, let us begin with telling you that there is nothing wrong with “ladies who lunch”. On the contrary, there are many things right about ladies who maintain a friend circle that commences … READ MORE>>

Trust Your Brain to Heal Your Heart

“Tell me one last thing,” says Harry Potter to his mentor Dumbledore towards the end of the saga’s last movie. “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?” As opposed to millions holding their breath to see … READ MORE>>


The average human spends one third of their life sleeping, but rumor has it that things were a little bit different for Leonardo da Vinci: da Vinci would only take one-hour-naps every 4 hours. Looking at one of the most … READ MORE>>

The Modern Brain: Sickly Sweet and Crystalline

Attempting to define the word intelligence is a complex and often difficult endeavor. Is intelligence simply the numerical result measured by an IQ test? How much of a role does working memory play in determining how “smart” or “stupid” you … READ MORE>>

Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Just Go Outside

Welcome to the final installment of our series on Nature and the Brain. We’ve learned about the consequences associated with spending too much time indoors, looking at screens, in urban cities, and we’ve uncovered the cognitive and biological rewards sewn … READ MORE>>

The Best Natural Medicine? Nature Itself.

Last week, we discussed the psychological and biological consequences that result from the phenomenon some researchers deem “nature deficit disorder.” Today, we will enumerate some of the research pertaining to the other side of the coin – that is, we … READ MORE>>

Concrete Jungles: What a Divorce from Nature Means for Our Brains

According to Tierney Thys (National Geographic), “As of 2010, we have officially become an urban species. More of us live in cities than don’t, and that is a trend that is continuing and accelerating… The average North American and European … READ MORE>>

Aromatherapy and the Brain: Part 2

Last week, we discussed the brain mechanisms and physiological changes that are associated with aromatherapy and odor perception as a whole. Today, we will delve further into the effects – both beneficial and injurious – of specific essential oils used … READ MORE>>

Aromatherapy and the Brain: Part 1

The use of aromatherapy as a treatment for various ailments may seem like a “new age” invention, but in reality, “Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans … READ MORE>>

What Makes a Child “Gifted”?

In addition to writing for Brain World, I work part-time at a private elementary school geared towards gifted learners. Very early on, it became apparent that this was going to be a very unique educational experience – as much for … READ MORE>>

UVA Researchers Make Startling Discovery: The Immune System and the Brain

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. In March, we remember those who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. In April, we wear blue in hopes of discovering the cause – and finding a cure for – autism spectrum disorder. In light of recent … READ MORE>>

Predicting the Future: The Science of Psi, Part Two

Last week we began our discussion on the scientific (i.e., parapsychological) study of purportedly psychic phenomena. Today, we conclude our investigation with a look at precognitive dreams and the empirical quantification of presentiment. There are several famous tales of dreams that … READ MORE>>

Predicting the Future: The Science of Psi, Part One

The subfield of science that seeks to gather empirical evidence regarding psychic ability (as well as other paranormal events, such as telepathy and telekinesis) is known as parapsychology. It’s an esoteric study often automatically met with doubt and disregard by scientists in other fields. However, an exploration of the evidence suggests that it may be worth taking a second look. READ MORE>>

An Exploration of Optical Illusions: Part 2

Last week, we explored the science of the infamous dress that rocked the Internet – blue and black, white and gold? Today we will continue this theme as we investigate the broader world of optical illusions. The vision scientist Michael … READ MORE>>

What’s That “Brain-Eating Amoeba,” and is it As Scary As it Sounds?

Nearly every summer, there are news reports of a handful of humans who have become infected with what is commonly known as “brain-eating amoeba.” Though this infection is exceedingly rare, anecdotes appear to be particularly salient – presumably because it’s … READ MORE>>