A new study of hundreds of human brains helps to explain why education seems to help stave off dementia
People initially expect to learn a new skill easily, then become overly pessimistic when reality sets in. Cynthia Graber reports
Setting your mind on a goal may be counterproductive. Instead think of the future as an open question
New research shows that rudeness between employees can have a far worse impact on a business than rudeness directed toward customers, or even employee incompetence. Christie Nicholson reports...
Cortical Call Out: The Brain's Electric Field Creates a Feedback Loop That Synchronizes Neural Activity
In a positive feedback loop the electric fields generated in the brain affect the behavior of the neurons that produce them
Does Fast Food Make Us Impatient?
Two studies of perception: the retinas of depressed people are far worse at responding to contrast; people doubt statements more when the speaker has a foreign accent. Steve Mirsky reports...
How destructive is Internet porn?
New concerns about customer reviews on Web sites
A new study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology finds that mammals with larger brains tend to have longer life spans. Christie Nicholson reports
Dwell on the past. It's good for you
Timothy Brady, a cognitive neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, answers
A study in Israel found that politicians who were rated as having good looks got more television coverage than plainer Jameses. Karen Hopkin reports
A new analysis reveals that bullies and victims share more similarities than we might think, with one stand-out difference. Christie Nicholson reports
People try harder to beat a weakling than to topple a higher-ranked opponent
Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and staff editor Michael Moyer join podcast host Steve Mirsky to talk about articles in the July issue, including: "The Dirty Truth about Plug-In Hybrids"; "How Babies Think"; and "Birds That Lived with Dinosaurs"...
Local college football wins before elections upped incumbents' vote totals, and college basketball wins influenced presidential ratings. Karen Hopkin reports
The closer people feel to their future selves, the more money they save
Happier people have more meaningful conversations
A half-hour delay in school start time led 201 Rhode Island high school students to be better behaved and happier. Cynthia Graber reports