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Mummy Says John Horgan Is Wrong about Fat and Carbs in Food

I was struck today by the juxtaposition of two recent articles here at ScientificAmerican.com. In “Thin Body of Evidence,” John Horgan expresses his skepticism about journalist Gary Taubes’s claims that carbohydrates, not fat, are the cause of obesity, heart disease and other health problems faced by many Americans.

May 19, 2011 — Karen Schrock

How Smokers Think about Death

Do graphic warning labels on cigarette packages really deter people from lighting up?

September 28, 2010 — Karen Schrock

Should parents spank their kids? Probably not, task force concludes

TORONTO—Corporal punishment has long been a hotly debated subject, with conflicting study results and opposing ideologies feeding the fire. Now the results of a five-year effort to review the scientific literature are in: a task force appointed by the American Psychological Association concludes that "parents and caregivers should reduce and potentially eliminate their use of any physical punishment as a disciplinary measure."

The recommendation was announced at the APA's annual meeting here today by the task force chair, psychologist Sandra A.

August 7, 2009 — Karen Schrock

Imaginary worlds are early sign of highly creative kids

TORONTO—All kids like to use their imagination, and many play fantasy games where they pretend to be characters in a made-up world. Some children persist in building especially elaborate imaginary worlds, with impressive depth in terms of histories, taxonomies, language and maps.

August 7, 2009 — Karen Schrock

Monogamy Is All the Rage These Days

TORONTO—Gay or straight, male or female—everyone is having fewer affairs now than they were in the 1970s. According to a new study presented here today at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, extramarital (and extra-partnership) sex is way down, and discussion about the topic within couples is way up.

August 7, 2009 — Karen Schrock

Why Music Moves Us

New research explains music's power over human emotions and its benefits to our mental and physical well-being

July 1, 2009 — Karen Schrock

What does Barack Obama's brain look like?

Barack Obama still has a month before his inauguration as the 44th U.S. president, but there have already been a number of attempts to get inside his brain.

December 15, 2008 — Karen Schrock

Mental Benefits

A new law requires better insurance coverage for mental illness

December 1, 2008 — Karen Schrock

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