The May/June issue of Scientific American Mind makes its online debut today. As usual, it contains an array of delicacies to sate your curiosity about people.
A scene from People V. The State of Illusion. Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films. People V. The State of Illusion, a new docudrama from Samuel Goldwyn Films, is a mixture of fiction and brain science that, despite these awkward bedfellows, was compelling enough to keep me up late on a Friday night.
Snowy Owl, by Anita (Grade 7), Watercolor. All photos courtesy of Tyson Schoeber. VANCOUVER. You could call his classroom a rescue mission. Each September, Tyson Schoeber takes under his wing 15 fourth through seventh graders that normal classrooms have left behind, defeated and too often, deflated.
Following on my last blog, here are more telling tidbits from the March/April issue of Scientific American Mind. Courtesy of Dennis Wong via Flickr.
Visit the places that help us sense other people's feelings in this Scientific American Mind tour of the brain
As an editor at Scientific American Mind, I get a sneak peak at a menu of surprises about us—people, that is—that each issue has to offer. As the March/April Mind makes its debut, I wanted to share my favorite brain food from its cognitive kitchen.
People who succeed in their jobs and in life are typically blessed with a special blend of four qualities: efficacy (self-confidence), resilience, hope and optimism.
Courtesy of wovox via Flickr. Whether you succeed at work may depend on many factors—intelligence, empathy, self-control, talent and persistence, to name a few.
Status can be pricey. Courtesy of vivek_nallur via Flickr. Sellers have long charged a premium for objects that confer some kind of social status, even if they offer few, if any, functional benefits over cheaper products.
Ad on a London Bus. Courtesy of Annie Wade via Flickr. People have long tried tricks to aid their memories. One of the most useful of these so-called mnemonic devices, I’ve found, involves associating names with word pictures or with other people you know well.
Visit the places that help you remember--and forget--in Scientific American Mind's tour of the brain
Letting go of memories supports a sound state of mind, a sharp intellect--and superior recall
A doctor examines C.T. scans from a patient before performing deep brain stimulation surgery to alleviate tremors. Courtesy of Swedish Neuroscience Institute.
Artist James Gurney's painting of this deli in Poughkeepsie, New York, closely resembles the real thing. Courtesy of James Gurney. A few years ago, James Gurney, a celebrated artist and author, stood before his easel to paint a deli in Poughkeepsie.
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Courtesy of Poi Photography via Flickr. People are particular about their things. Property—who owns it or did what with it—is the subject of many a legal battle.
Guest Blog by Jamil Zaki* Courtesy of Digital Shotgun via Flickr. Earlier this year, Senator Tom Coburn published a report called “Under the Microscope,” in which he criticized the funding of any research he couldn’t immediately understand as important.
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Filmmaker Kate Schermerhorn cuts the cake with her second husband. The couple started filming "After Happily Ever After" together on their honeymoon.
Courtesy of h.koppdelaney via Flickr. Desire. When you have it, nobody questions it. When it is absent, it can be tricky to talk about. After all, the subject is delicate, and what is the point?