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…

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…

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…

When Choosing Profile Pictures, Ask A Total Stranger

When Choosing Profile Pictures, Ask A Total Stranger

Whether for your dating profile or a website advertising your work, choosing your best picture is too important to leave to just anyone. This is why, according to new research, you should ask a total stranger. Psychologists have been demonstrating the importance of first impressions for decades, including in the form of photographs. More recently,…

New Brain Scan Study Reveals “Hot Zone” When We Dream

New Brain Scan Study Reveals “Hot Zone” When We Dream

Dreaming fascinates everybody with a mind. However, despite this nearly universal curiosity, we know relatively little about the science behind the land of nod. Luckily, a new study published this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience has uncovered more about dream states and the parts of the brain that contribute to it. Neuroscientists from the University of…