Recent research shows a risk to fetuses and infants
How masters of "supersuasion" can change your mind
Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina introduces the March/April issue of Scientific American MIND
Scientists found a way to detect the order of activity in two regions of the brain using fMRI. And they found that the brain can register something as highly emotional before it actually processes what that something is...
Controversial revision alters diagnostic definitions.
Individuals with amygdala damage are more likely to lay a risky bet
A study in the journal NeuroQuantology found that people forced to wait, for example in line, experienced the time spent as being far less if they were amused and distracted. Cynthia Graber reports...
A study in the journal Psychological Science indicates that people who had facial muscles deadened with botox had difficulty processing negative emotions. Karen Hopkin reports
Sports psychologist Patrick Cohn discusses two types of athletes, and how to deal with pressure in the days before the big game. Christie Nicholson reports
Letters to the editor from the October 2009 issue of Scientific American
A study in the journal Current Biology finds that bonobo chimps have delayed development of social behavior--which keeps them, well, nice. Karen Hopkin reports
A new study suggests that brain activity may give away dishonest intent
A study of New York City students found that phthalate exposure was linked to behavioral problems
Recent research attempts to provide a more nuanced look at the long-held view that men are more jealous of sexual infidelity than emotional infidelity. Christie Nicholson reports
Researchers are developing a new understanding of how we judge people
Computer scientist Sep Kamvar discusses the ways researchers are beginning to tap the blogosphere for psychological insights
Nightmares may fuel anxiety rather than serving as an emotional release
A study in the Journal of Consumer Marketing finds that men are less likely than women to ask for expert advice when shopping, in this case for wine. Karen Hopkin reports
Bilingual people process certain words faster than others
Recent research in Current Biology finds that the ability to recognize faces is most likely heritable. Christie Nicholson reports