The Head Lines section of Scientific American Mind's July/August issue mentioned the following articles in brief. Click on the links to learn more about them.
- Bullies suffer for their actions. They tend to feel guilt, shame, anger and a sense of social disconnection.
- Creativity is often overlooked in schools. Only nine U.S. states include creativity as a criterion for gifted education.
- Rats who were tickled once a day for two weeks later responded less to stress.
- In a major advance, scientists created a see-through brain by replacing its lipids with a hydrogel.
- Neuroscientists have recorded videos of zebrafish brains in action. The technology detected 80 percent of their 100,000 neurons.
- Contrary to popular belief, many highly successful people are classic "givers"--they focus on helping others.
- We perceive the future as being closer to us than the past.
- If you are in a bad mood, eating either too much or too little can make you even crankier.
- An analysis of recent neuroscience studies rated their statistical power at a meager 21 percent, meaning results are more likely to be false than in most areas of biology.
- Scientists deciphered the shapes of two serotonin receptors, which could aid in designing new antidepressants.
- Conspiracy theorists tend to express feelings of powerlessness. Their theories may grant them a sense of control.
- Scientists have succeeded in a rudimentary form of mind reading. After extensive training, they could identify what a person was imagining while undergoing a brain scan.
- Losing sleep several nights in a row can lead to overeating and weight gain.