A recent study finds that we tend to view meat consumption as being more masculine than vegetarianism. Christie Nicholson reports
Tense people may miss the subtle warning signs of danger
Spinal scans reveal the mechanism by which intense thinking can block pain receptors in the nervous system
New evidence suggests drugs like LSD open the doors of perception by inhibiting parts of the brain
Cognitive and behavioral therapies that help young people reduce impulsivity and cultivate good study habits are costlier and take longer to administer, but may be more efficacious over time...
Decisions usually take longer for the elderly, but they don’t have to
A recent study shows that strong pro-vaccine messaging might have an unintended impact. Christie Nicholson reports
Why we tend to predict rosy times ahead
Divulging personal details activated the reward center of subjects' brains, a feeling for which they were willing to sacrifice money. Sophie Bushwick reports
The caustic imprint of a traumatic memory may fade or vanish with new drug and behavioral therapies
The benefits of catching psychosis early were deemed to come at too high a price--over-reliance on antipsychotic drugs which have unpleasant side effects
What the "matching algorithms" miss
Workers who turned off their e-mail had lower stress and did less multitasking compared with co-workers who left their in-boxes open. Sophie Bushwick reports
A socially awkward or inappropriate person can make others feel physically colder. Amy Kraft reports
Revisiting the role of trauma in PTSD
Switching grocery lines, carrying an umbrella, talking out loud about a possible no-hitter in baseballa sense of jinxing things arises because when negative possibilities come to mind, they seem more likely...
Probiotics may endow rodents with a "mouse swagger"
Letters to the Editor about the January/February 2012 issue of Scientific American Mind
Who is better off: the religious or atheists? Cultural values determine the answer
Religious belief drops when analytical thinking rises