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Music Listeners Like Harmony's Math

Students who listened to different chords rated as more pleasing the ones that Westerners think of as harmonious, the individual notes of which have definite mathematical relationships. Christopher Intagliata reports

May 20, 2010

When Ideas Have Sex

How free exchange between people increases prosperity and trust

May 20, 2010 — Michael Shermer

Fact or Fiction: Fathers Can Get Postpartum Depression

Mothers are at higher risk for depression during and after pregnancy--and many continue to have depressive symptoms even as children grow up. But are fathers, whose bodies do not go through all of the same biological changes, also at risk for prenatal and postpartum depression?

May 18, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Digging Deeper into the Entire Brain

A recent paper in the journal Nature finally brings some vindication to fMRI, one of the most popular methods used to study the brain. Christie Nicholson reports

May 16, 2010

Wash Away Your Doubt

A recent study suggests that washing our hands after making a decision can keep us from second-guessing our choice. Karen Hopkin reports

May 10, 2010

Watching Brain Cells in Action

A new research tool using light allows scientists to watch individual brain cells react in real time. Christie Nicholson reports

May 6, 2010

Happiness Is a Walk in the Park

New research shows that even just five minutes of exercise in a natural setting can significantly boost your mood. Cynthia Graber reports

May 5, 2010

Risk-Taking Behavior in Teens

Many studies suggest that risk-taking behavior in teens is due to the slow development of brain function that controls impulsivity. New research concludes it's not that simple. Christie Nicholson reports

May 3, 2010

The Mother-Baby Bond

After spending nine months intricately joined together, mother and infant share more than just common features. Now, in a special partnership with theVisualMD.com, we present a look at this remarkable bond, complete with scientifically accurate and stunning images.

April 30, 2010

Do Chimpanzees Understand Death?

Like tool use and self-awareness, distinct grief and mourning might be just one more thing we share with our closest living relatives

April 27, 2010 — Katherine Harmon