Babies Smell Delicious, Just Like A Cheeseburger

A baby’s scent triggers the reward circuits in women’s brains, the same circuits that light up when an addict gets drugs or you eat a juicy cheeseburger, according to a study co-authored by University of Montreal researcher Johannes Frasnelli. He explains to host Rachel Martin why people want to nibble on their infants.

Hole Or Whole, Why Can Our Brains Hear The Difference?

Late summer tends to be a slow month for news. But at All Things Considered, we put on a two hour program, no matter what. So — without a trace of irony — one of our science correspondents offered to help fill some holes in the show with a series of stories about holes. Today he looks at how the brain copes with the ambiguity of “the hole idea,” and “the whole idea.”

Some Ground-Dwelling Dinos Had the Brains to Fly

Reporting in Nature, researchers write that even non-flying relatives of Archaeopteryx had brains with the motor and visual capabilities necessary to take wing. Paleontologist Amy Balanoff reconstructed the dino brains by taking CT scans of fossilized skulls.

Phil Mickelson Takes a Swing at Science

Scientists are studying the brains and bodies of golfers to determine why amateurs aren’t on par with the pros. Sports scientist Mark F. Smith explains the latest findings, while PGA golfer Phil Mickelson, just back from winning the British Open, talks about his passion for math and science on and off the green.

Depression Alters Young Brains

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, researchers have found brain changes in preschool-age children with depression that are not apparent in their nondepressed peers.