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Stories by Ingrid Wickelgren

Want to Change Your Life? This Movie Might Inspire You

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.

March 23, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

One Man's Mission to Save Struggling Students

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.

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. Courtesy of Dennis Wong via Flickr.

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

Can Money Buy Self-Esteem?

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.

January 17, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

8 Ways To Forget Your Troubles

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.

December 23, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

An Artist Reveals How He Tricks the Eyes

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.

December 13, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Toddlers Stand Up for Property Rights

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.

November 20, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Understanding Your Mind Is Mission Critical

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.

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

Decoding Sexual Desire: Why You're Into It--or Not

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?

October 11, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

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