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Stories by Ingrid Wickelgren

Want to Change Your Life? This Movie Might Inspire You

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...

March 23, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

One Man's Mission to Save Struggling Students

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...

March 19, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

More Surprises about the Mind

Following on my last blog, here are more telling tidbits from the March/April issue of Scientific American Mind. Smelling the past...

February 29, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Surprising Truths about How We Think and Act

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...

February 21, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Success in 7 Short Steps

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.

February 14, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

What You Need to Succeed and How to Find Out If You Have It

Whether you succeed at work may depend on many factors—intelligence, empathy, self-control, talent and persistence, to name a few. But one determinant may outweigh many of these: how you perceive those around you...

February 8, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Can Money Buy Self-Esteem?

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.

January 17, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

8 Ways To Forget Your Troubles

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...

December 23, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Patients Risk Brain Surgery to Fix Shaky Hands

Peter West makes his living working with explosives, but for a long time he did his job despite a terrifying handicap: tremors. His hands would twitch and shake, his head would bob, his speech would become garbled...

December 15, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

An Artist Reveals How He Tricks the Eyes

A few years ago, James Gurney, a celebrated artist and author, stood before his easel to paint a deli in Poughkeepsie. Surveying the scene before him, he was immediately overwhelmed with literally millions of details...

December 13, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Toddlers Stand Up for Property Rights

People are particular about their things. Property—who owns it or did what with it—is the subject of many a legal battle. It’s odd to me how attached people get to objects and how emotional they become when someone messes with their stuff...

November 20, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Understanding Your Mind Is Mission Critical

Guest Blog by Jamil Zaki*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...

November 8, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Quiz: How Happy Are You?

Answer these 11 simple questions to compare your score with worldwide data

October 28, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren
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