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Stories by Ingrid Wickelgren

Watch The Incredible Shrinking Woman [Video]

"Big" me. "Little" me. Watch these two versions of me--which are really the same size--explain why I appear petite in one place on screen and large in another.

October 10, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Scientists Scan Children s Brains for Answers to Mental Illness

A girl lies inside a simulator of a brain scanner at The Child Mind Institute, to practice for the real thing. Courtesy of Tobias Everke. In a room tucked next to the reception desk in a colorful lobby of a Park Avenue office tower, kids slide into the core of a white cylinder and practice something kids typically find quite difficult: staying still.

September 11, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Minding Our Children s Minds

One of the toughest parts of raising children is helping them leap the emotional and intellectual hurdles of life. As parents, we try to ease their pain when friends snub them.

August 20, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Educating Character and Other Lessons from Scientific American MIND

I am happy to be breaking my silence of recent weeks with a preview of the September/October issue of Scientific American Mind . As the summer begins its slow resignation and people anticipate the start of school, our pages revive the ongoing societal debate about the best way to teach our kids.

August 8, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Quiz: How Nice Are You?

Answer these 10 simple questions to find out if you benefit from being highly agreeable

June 15, 2012 — Daisy Grewal and Ingrid Wickelgren

Star Filmmakers Found in Unlikely Spot

Two boys play scientists in the award-winning film, "Poisoning the World," that their class made. Courtesy of Tyson Schoeber. In Tyson Schoeber’s class at Nootka Elementary School in Vancouver, 15 fourth through seventh graders struggle to read, write or do math at a level near that of their peers in other classes.

June 13, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Why Wearing Fakes Makes Us Cheat More [Excerpt]

Think donning an Armani knockoff or phony Prada only hurts the fashion industry? Take another look in the mirrorBy Dan Ariely* This e-book chapter is excerpted from The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, by Dan Ariely (HarperCollins Publishers, 2012).

June 8, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Why Are There No Biological Tests in Psychiatry?

Part 5 of a 5-part seriesBy Allen Frances*When the third edition of psychiatry’s manual of mental illness, the DSM-III, was published 30 years ago, there was great optimism it would soon be the willing victim of its own success, achieving a kind of planned obsolescence.

May 11, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Trouble at the Heart of Psychiatry s Revised Rule Book

By Edward Shorter*Part 3 in a seriesOne might liken the latest draft of psychiatry's new diagnostic manual, the DSM-5, to a bowl of spaghetti. Hanging over the side are the marginal diagnoses of psychiatry, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism, important for certain subpopulations but not central to the discipline.At the center of the spaghetti bowl are the diagnoses at the heart of psychiatry: major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.

May 9, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Science Remains a Stranger to Psychiatry's New Bible

By Ferris Jabr*Part 2 of a seriesIn the offices of psychiatrists and psychologists across the country you can find a rather hefty tome called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM).The current edition of the DSM, the DSM-IV, is something like a field guide to mental disorders: the book pairs each illness with a checklist of symptoms, just as a naturalist's guide describes the distinctive physical features of different birds.

May 8, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

The Importance of Being Social

Guest Blog by Leonard Mlodinow* Belonging to a group is good for your health. Courtesy of joncandy via Flickr. One advantage of belonging to a cohesive society in which people help each other is that the group is often better equipped than a set of individuals to deal with threats from the outside.

April 24, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

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