Need to improve your foreign language skills? A bit of alcohol will do the trick, researchers find

Booze to the rescue! Just don’t overindulge.

Wolves are better team players than dogs, study reveals, casting doubt on our view of domestication

A wild streak makes them better at cooperating, the team reports.

Some cognitive training games can really boost the brain

One cognitive test widely used in research can improve working memory. The training won’t make you smarter, though.

Big-brained cetaceans have “marine-based cultures” similar to those of humans, study reveals

They only need thumbs to rule the oceans!

Researchers identify brain patterns associated with learning to improve teaching, fight Alzheimer’s

We’re learning about learning!

Surge in pest resistance is making biotech crops worldwide less effective

Some crops fare much better than others so there’s a lot of lessons we can learn.

Starting school before 8:30 AM increases depression risk, researchers find

Snooze.

Why we can’t remember things before age 3-4

Ever tried really hard to pinpoint your very first memory? Doctors say it has something to do with hippocampus overload.

Shock therapy partially wakes man out of 15-year-old vegetative state

Even in total darkness, someone is still there.

You don’t need a brain to sleep, and we have snoozing jellyfish to prove it

Sleep could be as old as life itself.

Trying to resist a yawn makes you more likely to yawn — because your motor cortex is wired that way

It’s ridiculous how many times I’ve yawned writing this.

MDMA is now officially labelled a “breakthrough treatment” for PTSD

Researchers have been suggesting this for decades.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) releases endorphins in your brain

Work hard, endorphin hard.

Learning and exploration might drive teenagers’ risky, bad decisions, not poor impulse control

Ah, adolescence… so glad I’m over that.

Talking in a foreign language makes our decision more about utility, less about emotion

The language we use really does influence what our brains are doing.

Scientists figure out the “recipe” for magic mushrooms

Psilocybin has repeatedly shown promise in treating some mental issues — this might usher in a new age of testing.

Feeling bad about feeling bad makes you feel even worse

Turn that frown upside down? No, just accept that sometimes it’s OK to feel bad.

What happens in the brain when you mix marijuana and alcohol

Alcohol and weed can mix well, but only if you’re careful.

We can form new memories while we’re asleep but not the meaningful kind

The implications aren’t clear yet but you won’t learn French in your sleep anytime soon.

Researchers identify anti-hallucination system in our brains

Too bad we don’t have one for use against pseudoscience.