A new study suggests dog breeding by humans has altered brain structure and position in short-skulled canines, possibly diminishing their olfactory abilities
Two new gambling studies redefine the "poker face" and peer inside the betting brain, helping researchers understand risk-taking behavior and decision-making
Fossilized bones that show evidence of human ancestor stone tool use and meat-eating push the earliest dates for those activities from about 2.5 million to 3.4 million years ago. Steve Mirsky reports...
Although people change throughout their lives, most hold a steady view of who they are. How does this become unglued for some?
New research reveals that reminders of wealth impair our capacity to savor life's little pleasures
When you are facing a tricky task, your view of the world may not be as accurate as you think
A recent and exhaustive meta-analysis of scientific data shows that top psychology studies tend to make conclusions about human nature based on samples taken solely from Western undergraduate students...
Letters to the editor about the March/April 2010 issue of Scientific American MIND
Researchers adapt a test for unconscious bias to tap secrets of the heart
Male and female actors gave physics lectures to college students. All students thought the males were more knowledgeable. And whereas female students gave a a slight nod to women teachers, male students thought male teachers were vastly better...
Facebook profiles tend to be accurate reflections of people's personalities
Parents or siblings of people with autism are more likely to have some of the same visual-tracking problems that their affected relatives have
When it comes to love, we're ambivalent about "opposites attract". Christie Nicholson reports
High-end goods with recognizable logos may signal to the less affluent that you have some money, but also to the wealthy that you're not one of them. Karen Hopkin reports
The ability to manipulate our dream worlds goes beyond the science fiction plot of the movie Inception. A dream expert from Harvard University explains how it works
Brain scans illuminate the internal connection among the neurotransmitter, impulsiveness and addiction
Our sense of song helps us learn to talk, read and even make friends
A panel discussion on arguing with non-skeptics at the recent Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism in New York City featured James Randi, George Hrab, D. J. Grothe and podcast host Steve Mirsky...
A meta-study covering more than 300,000 participants across all ages reveals that adults get a 50 percent boost in longevity if they have a solid social network
By pretending to be sick, people can convince themselves they really are