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Stories by Ingrid Wickelgren

Goldie Hawn Plunges into Brain Science

ASPEN. When I arrived at the Aspen Meadows Resort for the Second Annual Aspen Brain Forum last Thursday evening, Goldie Hawn was getting out of a vehicle near the entrance.

September 28, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Forgetting About 9/11

Forgetting About 9/11

The World Trade Center, 1995. Courtesy of Aaron Logan via Wikimedia Commons. A decade ago, we lived in an apartment tower in Jersey City overlooking the Hudson River.

September 1, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Money Can Buy Isolation

Money Can Buy Isolation

Wealthy people can afford independence. As a result, they pay less attention to social cues than poorer folks do. Via Wikimedia Commons. Money can bring you happiness, studies show, but not as much as you might think.

August 15, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Porn on the Mind

Porn on the Mind

If you like to surf porn on the Internet, you’ve got company. In a 2008 survey of college students, 90 percent of males and 60 percent of females had been there, done that.

August 3, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Seeing Schizophrenia Before It's Too Late

Seeing Schizophrenia Before It's Too Late

Glenn Wickelgren (right) at my parents' wedding in 1962. Courtesy of my family. According to his two brothers, my uncle Glenn had always been a little odd.

July 8, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Entering Streams of Consciousness…

Welcome to my blog! Who am I? I am an award-winning journalist and author, and an editor at Scientific American Mind. I have worked as a Contributing Correspondent for Science, where I covered biomedical and neuroscience topics for a decade.

July 5, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Give and You Shall Receive--A Boost to Your Self-Esteem

Give and You Shall Receive--A Boost to Your Self-Esteem

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Self-esteem is something we all want, and, experts say, need for our mental health. But the more we chase this notion, trying to build ourselves up in our own eyes, the more it eludes our grasp: a body of research shows that doggedly pursuing self-worth backfires, because that pursuit implies a level of ego-involvement that is unhealthy.

May 29, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

The Music of Language [Audio Slideshow]

Our ability to communicate is inseparable from our musical sense. This is an audio slideshow presentation of the feature, "Speaking in Tones," which appears in the July/August 2010 issue of Scientific American MIND.

June 24, 2010 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Sounds Make Memories Stick During Sleep

Hearing certain sounds during slumber can spur learning, according to research detailed at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society's annual meeting in Montreal

April 22, 2010 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Subliminal Cues Can Empty Wallets

Feelings, especially unconscious ones, can affect financial decisions, so it's a good idea to monitor your moods

April 20, 2010 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Under Threat, Women Bond, Men Withdraw

A new study suggests that stress boosts women's awareness of facial expressions and emotions—but has an antisocial influence in men

April 19, 2010 — Ingrid Wickelgren

MIND on Pain: Why People Experience Pain Differently

Researchers are unraveling why some people are more sensitive to pain than others. Their efforts could lead to more accurate diagnoses, better pain prevention, and safer, more powerful painkillers

September 1, 2009 — Ingrid Wickelgren
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