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Healthy Women Can Still React as If Anorexic

Women who are not anorexic or bulimic had brain activity similar to that of women with eating disorders when they viewed images of overweight women. Men showed no analogous reaction. Cynthia Graber reports

April 21, 2010

Invisible Ink and More: The Science of Spying in the Revolutionary War

John Nagy, author of Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution, discusses the codes, ciphers, chemistry and psychology of spying in the American Revolution, in a talk recorded by podcast host Steve Mirsky at the historic Fraunces Tavern in New York City. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include

April 20, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

Can the Peace Drug Help Clean Up the War Mess?

At a conference last weekend, researchers reported positive results on the effectiveness of MDMA in relieving PTSD and talked about psilocybin in reducing stress in late-stage cancer patients

April 20, 2010 — Brian Vastag

Subliminal Cues Can Empty Wallets

Feelings, especially unconscious ones, can affect financial decisions, so it's a good idea to monitor your moods

April 20, 2010 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Tanning: Can You Be Addicted?

Using a questionnaire designed to test for substance addiction, researchers determined that some regular users of indoor tanning salons are tanning addicts. Christopher Intagliata reports

April 19, 2010

Under Threat, Women Bond, Men Withdraw

A new study suggests that stress boosts women's awareness of facial expressions and emotions—but has an antisocial influence in men

April 19, 2010 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Making a Decision? Take Your Time

A recent study shows that when faced with a decision, it's best to take some time--relax and cool off--so logical thinking can guide us to the best choice. Christie Nicholson reports

April 17, 2010

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

April 7, 2010 — Steve Mirsky