Moore's Law says that the power (or number of transistors) of microchips doubles every 18 months - but what does that really mean? You'd be surprised...
The Department of Defense created the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in 2007 to help the third of service members with psych and brain injury issues. A new 24-hour toll-free hotline number is (866) 966-1020. Steve Mirsky reports
Distraction appears to be an effective technique to avoid the phantom noise of tinnitus. Chelsea Wald reports. For more on the latest tinnitus research, check out the November 1, 2007, edition of the 60-Second Psych podcast at sciam.com/podcast
A recent analysis of survey responses shows who's cheating: Women, young couples and the over-60 crowd are closing the infidelity gap. Rachel Mahan reports
A psychology PhD student from the University of Sheffield shares her initial observations on how well local people understand the behavior of tornadoes. Christie Nicholson reports
Jacqui Wilmshurst, a PhD psychology student at the University of Sheffield, is spending summer in the field studying human reactions to severe weather and tornadoes. In this special longer-than-usual episode, she shares her initial findings. Christie Nicholson reports
While at Stanford in the mid-1960s, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest author Ken Kesey started adding a peculiar ingredient to his homemade venison stew--LSD. Now, more than forty years later, the psychedelic pioneer's beloved drug is giving neuroscientists new clues about what causes schizophrenic psychosis.
New research shows that musicians simultaneously use both sides of their brain more often than nonmusicians
Multiple experiments by Duke University professor Dan Ariely reveal how our expectations hugely influence our decisions, and ultimately, our experiences. Christie Nicholson reports
New research finds that business students lie more often in e-mail than when communicating using pen and paper. Christie Nicholson reports
Episode 2 of our Instant Egghead series tackles the law behind ever more powerful computers
Crucial in any successful negotiation is an accurate understanding of each side's motivations and needs. And although understanding another's needs involves the talent to empathize, research from the journal Psychological Science reveals that feeling another's emotions can be a deal breaker.
There is an environmental price for our love of chocolate on Halloween, but it may not be what you think
Research suggests that college students don't get enough sleep, and that they are far better off sleeping than cramming for exams. Steve Mirsky reports
Recent research concludes that parents significantly overestimate how sugar affects their children's hyperactive behavior. Susannah F. Locke reports.
Research published in Nature Neuroscience uncovers a remarkable mechanism a female mouse uses to save her babies from dangerous miscarriage.
Animal behaviorist Temple Grandin believes extraordinary animals think much like autistic geniuses. Now, some neuroscientists say it simply isn't true. *This week's podcast guest hosted by Christopher Intagliata, an intern for Scientific American Mind. www.sciammind.com
An investigation published in the 'British Medical Journal' reveals that Web searches for information on suicide will likely result in links to pro-suicide sites, which often encourage and facilitate suicide and suicidal ideation.
Research published in the journal Science last week shows the successful obliteration of a specific memory in mice. Christie Nicholson reports
Neuroscientists recently made a startling discovery--young brains may experience memory loss due to the same mechanism responsible for Alzheimer's.