Agata Blaszczak Boxe

<p>Agata Blaszczak-Boxe is a contributing writer for Brain Decoder. She has written for New Scientist, National Geographic News, Live Science and other publications. Agata has a Master of Arts degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. When she is not writing, she can be found reading food blogs, lifting weights or playing with her two attention-hungry cats.</p>

Brain Origins of Mystical Experience

While lots of people were happily celebrating the start of a new millennium in the early days of 2001...

'Cat-gras' Delusion: The Man Who Thought His Cat Was an Impostor

An older man in Massachusetts had a truly nightmarish experience: a sneaky feline impostor found a way...

What It's Like to Live with Visual Snow Syndrome

"For me, it's like looking at the world through a curtain of transparent static. Like the signal isn...

How Gossip May Make Us More Generous

Knowing that other people might gossip about your behavior may motivate you to become more generous,...

A Man's Hyper-Religiosity Was Actually a Symptom of Brain Atrophy

When the wife of an older pastor in North Carolina first noticed he had recently become excessively pious...

What the Spinning Dancer Illusion Reveals About Your Perceptual Bias

The silhouette illusion — an optical illusion featuring a spinning dancer — plays tricks on our visual...

How Fake Poop on a Fake Hand Might Help People with OCD

In an experiment called the rubber hand illusion, a person can feel sensations that arise from a dummy...

How Good Is Your Dog's Long-Term Memory?

How good is Fido's memory? Better than you may think, a new study suggests. Researchers found that dogs...

An Ear Problem Gave This Man Lucid Dreams and Out-of-Body Experiences

"I'm running through a forest, and a group of people is following me closely. I suddenly see flying faces...

A Woman with 10 Personalities, Some of Whom Were Blind

The brain has an intricate system to process visual information and give rise to vision. But even with...

Do Bilinguals Have Superior Cognitive Control?

The frequent switching between languages in bilinguals' brains has led many to ask whether this lifelong...

Looking for the Source of Gratitude in the Brain

Imagine a complete stranger has just saved your life, perhaps even risking their own. You would feel...

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