Fidget toys aren’t just hype

Fidget toys aren’t just hype

The fidget spinner craze has been sweeping elementary and middle schools. As of May 17 every one of the top 10 best-selling toys on Amazon was a form of the hand-held toy people can spin and do tricks with. Kids and parents are even making them for themselves using 3D printers and other more homespun…

Explainer: how the brain changes when we learn to read

Explainer: how the brain changes when we learn to read

Right now, you are reading these words without much thought or conscious effort. In lightning-fast bursts, your eyes are darting from left to right across your screen, somehow making meaning from what would otherwise be a series of black squiggles. Reading for you is not just easy – it’s automatic. Looking at a word and…

Growing Up Without Siblings May Affect Your Brain's Development

Growing Up Without Siblings May Affect Your Brain's Development

A study in China claims that growing up without siblings can lead to a different brain structure than those who do. They found that only children tended to be more creative and less sociable. Previous studies have focused on the difference in behaviors, cognitive function, and personality traits between only children and those with siblings….

Psychedelic Drugs Induce A Higher State Of Consciousness

Psychedelic Drugs Induce A Higher State Of Consciousness

People who have taken psychedelic drugs often attest to experiencing deep insight into their state of being. Now, researchers may have proven for the first time that these drugs can and do actually place those who take them into a higher state of consciousness. Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the study has found that those…

What Really Happens When You Drink The "Shaman Drink" Ayahuasca?

What Really Happens When You Drink The "Shaman Drink" Ayahuasca?

It is arguably the most powerful hallucinogen on the planet, and until recently had been written off by lawmakers and academics as a dangerous narcotic, fit neither for consumption nor scientific investigation. Yet indigenous Amazonian communities have been using ayahuasca to treat all manner of physical and psychological ailments for centuries, and thanks to a…

This Trippy Optical Illusion Will Mess With Your Brain

This Trippy Optical Illusion Will Mess With Your Brain

Now don’t say we didn’t warn you, but this optical illusion is seriously weird. The rotating crosses seem to be changing the shade of the background in the image below. Stare at it long enough and you’ll probably go crazy. First the white crosses rotate one way and then the black ones the other, creating the…