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Williams Syndrome Kids Show No Racial Bias

Kids with the genetic condition called Williams syndrome have no social anxiety and are highly gregarious--and also exhibit no racial bias in standard social-bias experiments. Adam Hinterthuer reports

April 13, 2010

The Science of Staying in Love; and Scientists as Communicators--and Heroes

Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and psychology researcher Robert Epstein, a contributing editor to Scientific American MIND magazine, talk about falling in love and staying that way. And science communicator Dennis Meredith discusses his book Explaining Research, and the importance for scientists of reaching the public. Web sites related to this episode include www.explainingresearch.com

April 7, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

Faulty Circuits

Neuroscience is revealing the malfunctioning connections underlying psychological disorders and forcing psychiatrists to rethink the causes of mental illness

April 5, 2010 — Thomas R. Insel

Neuroscience Is Everywhere

From literature to architecture, academics and entrepreneurs are using neuroscience to explain everything from why we like a complex narrative thread to why round tables are more social. Christie Nicholson reports

April 3, 2010

He Said, She Said

Women and men speak their own languages, but research reveals the conversational gender divide is not as stark as it seems

April 2, 2010 — Deborah Tannen

The Truth about Boys and Girls

The preference for playing hockey, or house, is far from fixed. Sex differences in the brain are small—unless grown-up assumptions magnify them

April 1, 2010 — Lise Eliot

From Eternity to Here: Sean M. Carroll's Quest to Understand Time

Sean M. Carroll, theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about his new book From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time. Plus, we test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include preposterousuniverse.com

March 30, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

Manipulating Moral Judgment

Scientists find that when the area of the brain responsible for understanding the intent of others is disrupted, moral judgment is also affected. Christie Nicholson reports

March 29, 2010

Expert Systems Fight Poverty

Appropriate information and communications technologies, combined with community involvement, can save lives

March 24, 2010 — Jeffrey D. Sachs

Chronic Pain Relief

Chronic pain may be due to an overabundance of a protein, which amplifies the pain signal to the brain. A drug that neutralizes this protein may provide the long-awaited relief. Christie Nicholson reports

March 21, 2010

Why Do Facts Fail?

Why Do Facts Fail?

Deconstructing Denial