One more time
Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains
Twilight in the Box
The suicide statistics, squalor & recidivism haven’t ended solitary confinement. Maybe the brain studies will
On Mars I learned that boredom has two sides – it can either rot the mind or rocket it to new places
No pain, no game
Pain and suffering are not just incidental elements of the sporting life: they are at the centre of every game
The ugly truth
We all know our culture puts a premium on good looks – does that mean that the ugly are oppressed?
We no longer expect passion to last a lifetime, but some couples do stay in love to the end. What’s their secret?
Bullying doctors are not just unpleasant, they are dangerous. Can we change the culture of intimidation in our hospitals?
Trick of the eye
Optical illusions such as magic lanterns taught the Victorians what to trust. What can they teach us today?
Quick decision-making might seem bold, but the agony of indecision is your brain’s way of making a better choice