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Are You Mentally Healthy?

Here's a new screening tool that might set your mind at ease—or get you chatting with a therapist

By Robert Epstein

New Hope for Battling Brain Cancer

Studies suggest that stem cells sustain deadly tumors in the brain—and that aiming at these insidious culprits could lead to a cure

By Gregory Foltz

The Brain and the Written Word

A cognitive neuroscientist explains his quest to understand how reading works in the mind—and how the brain is changed by education and culture

By Gareth Cook

Busting Big Myths in Popular Psychology

Pop psych lore is a bewildering mix of fact and fallacy. Here we shatter some widely held misconceptions about the mind and human behavior

By Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio and Barry L. Beyerstein

Fusion's False Dawn

Scientists have long dreamed of harnessing nuclear fusion—the power plant of the stars—for a safe, clean and virtually unlimited energy supply. Even as a historic milestone nears, skeptics question whether a working reactor will ever be possible

By Michael Moyer

The Pluses of Getting It Wrong

New research makes the case for difficult tests in schools and suggests an unusual technique that anyone can use to learn

By Henry L. Roediger III and Bridgid Finn

A Sensory Fix for Problems in School

Certain learning disabilities are linked to problems of perception, when the brain misinterprets sensory input. Targeted exercises can help correct these difficulties

By Burkhart Fischer


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