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.
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.
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.
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.
When my first child was born, I was very happy, as many moms are, but also a little on edge. I liked the idea of being a mom, and the idea of caring for my beautiful baby, but I also felt ill prepared for my new role.
[PART 2 OF 2 BLOGS ON SCHIZOPHRENIA. PART 1.] Messages penned by a schizophrenia patient cover the windows of this house. Courtesy of Pete S via Wikimedia Commons.
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.
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.
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.
How to unlock your untapped ingenuity
Daydreaming and downtime can lead to solutions for difficult scientific problems and provide inspiration for creative works. Some of history's best-known scientific and literary achievements grew out of such mental meandering
When I first realized we were making a video about the neuroscience of magic, I had no idea I would be spending a day with Apollo Robbins, the “gentleman thief” who once relieved ex-president Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail of their watches, wallets, keys and badges.
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.
Hearing certain sounds during slumber can spur learning, according to research detailed at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society's annual meeting in Montreal
Feelings, especially unconscious ones, can affect financial decisions, so it's a good idea to monitor your moods
A new study suggests that stress boosts women's awareness of facial expressions and emotions—but has an antisocial influence in men
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
Researchers uncover the roots of essential tremor