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Stories by Stephen L. Macknik

Sight and Sound: An Evening with John Williams and Steven Spielberg

Sight and Sound: An Evening with John Williams and Steven Spielberg

We’re sitting in the front row of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, listening to the musicians warm up for the dress rehearsal of tonight’s benefit concert starring John Williams, his movie music, and guest starring Steven Spielberg...

September 28, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

When the substantia nigra is super charged by food restriction, or drugs, or both, you become super motivated to seek out more food, or more drugs… whatever floats the substantia nigra’s boat...

August 27, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
Feeling Persecuted? You May Be Delusional.

Feeling Persecuted? You May Be Delusional.

Lack of clarity about how the world works is implicated in delusions, along with overly strong—stubborn—beliefs that sculpt perceptual data into conformity.

August 22, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Neuroscience in Fiction: Crux, by Ramez Naam

Crux (Angry Robot Books) is an outstanding speculative fiction adventure. It combines the very highest level of neuroscientific reality with plausible neuroscience fiction that is very well thought through...

August 9, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
Pain is an emotion

Pain is an emotion

Our new column in Scientific American Mind is out today and it's about the illusory nature of pain, and how pain perception and severity varies with mood and circumstances.

August 8, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
The Neural Magic of Hypnotic Suggestion

The Neural Magic of Hypnotic Suggestion

A new review of the scientific literature studying hypnosis, in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, by Oakley and Halligan, discusses the potential for hypnosis to provide insights into brain mechanisms involved in attention, motor control, pain perception, beliefs and volition and also to produce informative analogues of clinical conditions...

July 29, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

NeuroSCIence in FIction: Kill Decision

From the Sleights of Mind archives. Every Friday we discuss how neuroscience is portrayed in fiction. This week we’ll be discussing Daniel Suarez’s new book, Kill Decision.

May 24, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
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