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Stimulating Science: Following the Recovery Money

Stimulating Science: Following the Recovery Money

One year ago, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, which handed out billions of dollars for science, health, energy and other research. How is that money being spent?

February 17, 2010

Limits of Perception

Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina introduces the March 2010 issue of Scientific American

February 17, 2010 — Mariette DiChristina
How Fantasies Affect Focus

How Fantasies Affect Focus

Thoughts about love or sex make the mind more creative or analytical

February 17, 2010 — Melinda Wenner
A Female Viagra?

A Female Viagra?

Women with low libido get a boost from a new drug

February 16, 2010 — Emily Anthes
Oxytocin May Alleviate Some Autism

Oxytocin May Alleviate Some Autism

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences followed a small group of high-functioning people with autism and found that they responded more to social cues when given the hormone oxytocin. Karen Hopkin reports

February 16, 2010
The Power to Persuade

The Power to Persuade

How masters of "supersuasion" can change your mind

February 11, 2010 — Kevin Dutton
Convince Me

Convince Me

Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina introduces the March/April issue of Scientific American MIND

February 11, 2010 — Mariette DiChristina
Catching the Brain at Work

Catching the Brain at Work

Scientists found a way to detect the order of activity in two regions of the brain using fMRI. And they found that the brain can register something as highly emotional before it actually processes what that something is. Christie Nicholson reports

February 10, 2010
Distracted Customers' Wait Times Fly

Distracted Customers' Wait Times Fly

A study in the journal NeuroQuantology found that people forced to wait, for example in line, experienced the time spent as being far less if they were amused and distracted. Cynthia Graber reports

February 9, 2010
Botoxed Face Impairs Bad Feelings

Botoxed Face Impairs Bad Feelings

A study in the journal Psychological Science indicates that people who had facial muscles deadened with botox had difficulty processing negative emotions. Karen Hopkin reports

February 8, 2010
Dealing with Super Bowl XLIV Pressure

Dealing with Super Bowl XLIV Pressure

Sports psychologist Patrick Cohn discusses two types of athletes, and how to deal with pressure in the days before the big game. Christie Nicholson reports

February 5, 2010
Bonobo Chimps Stay Childlike

Bonobo Chimps Stay Childlike

A study in the journal Current Biology finds that bonobo chimps have delayed development of social behavior--which keeps them, well, nice. Karen Hopkin reports

February 2, 2010
Sex Differences in Jealousy

Sex Differences in Jealousy

Recent research attempts to provide a more nuanced look at the long-held view that men are more jealous of sexual infidelity than emotional infidelity. Christie Nicholson reports

January 28, 2010
Behavior & Society

Beyond XX and XY

Biology. Identity. Equality.