Planning ahead might make us overlook new solutions
New research finds that keeping a secret can make you feel as if you are physically burdened. Christie Nicholson reports
Scientific American editor Kate Wong talks about the recent conference of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Portland, Ore., where subjects included killer chimps, unprecedented fossil sharing among researchers and divergent hominid foot forms...
Charles Duhigg's new book The Power of Habit draws on neuroscience and psychology to explain how habits form, how to promote good habits and how to break bad ones
Certainty Principle: People Who Hold False Convictions Are Better at Retaining Corrected Information
Researchers have used imaging technology to spy on the brain as it corrects strongly held beliefs, shedding light on how we might learn from our mistakes.
A series of new experiments shows that analytic thinking can override intuitive assumptions, including those that underlie religious belief
Pay-what-you-want pricing may inadvertently give consumers the untenable choice to either pay more or feel cheap, driving them away from making a purchase at all. Sophie Bushwick reports...
The visual-spatial demands of playing Tetris disrupt the formation of the mental imagery involved in flashbacks
During a conversation, a light touch can impart a subliminal sense of caring and connection, leading to more successful social interactions and even better teamwork
Are creative types more likely to cross moral boundaries?
Unspoken cues communicate which type of "trust hormone" gene we have
Our brains focus on one speaker in a cacophony of voices based not only on the audio input we receive, but also on our listening goals. Sophie Bushwick reports
The calling patterns of three million cell phone users support a theory that female relationships change with shifting biological priorities, suggesting that women drive the evolutionary fitness of humans...
Why are some people friendly when they get drunk, and others hostile?
Can subliminal advertisements influence our behavior? New research says yes—but only under certain circumstances
New research suggests that elderly brains are less susceptible to regret than are the brains of the young and depressed
A little-known sense that monitors how we feel inside can go awry, potentially distorting body image
A blood test based on 11 genetic markers could make early-onset diagnosis easier and possibly relieve the stigma of depression
When you fix your eyes on something, your mind distorts
Researchers test the idea that we hunt for memories in our minds the same way some animals search for food