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
Our innate brain structure reflects how we classify the world around us
A task force concludes that parents probably should not use spanking as a punishment
The Iranian media blamed the U.S. and Israel for the assassination of an Iranian physicist. When misinformed, is the public really convinced?
Despite much concern about diseases spreading through Haiti's earthquake-shattered areas, one epidemiologist explains that mental health issues will be more widespread
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An interview with David Allen, best-selling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, on how to make and keep goals. Christie Nicholson reports
Why you may have felt less manly after voting in the presidential elections
Wanting to die is not enough to trigger suicide. To end their own lives, humans need the guts and the means to carry out their plans This article appears in the In-Depth Report Genius, Suicide and Mental Illness: Insights into a Deep Connection...
Even obviously manipulative compliments are remarkably effective
For decades the evidence has been inconclusive, but new studies show that family position may truly affect intelligence and personality
Museum exhibits, conferences and events relating to the brain
Alan Alda, star of stage, screen and science, talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about his new PBS science series The Human Spark as well as his strong interest in science and long association with Scientific American...
A worldwide study of nearly half a million boys and girls found no significant gender gap in math ability. Christie Nicholson reports
Where we look reveals memories we cannot consciously access
The Human Spark, a three-part PBS series hosted by Alan Alda and debuting January 6th, looks at what makes humans the exceptionally unusual animals we are. Steve Mirsky reports
When smarter people's brains are scanned while "at rest," long-distance connections appear stronger
A study in the journal Computers & Graphics finds that computer programs for identifying works of art fall far short of even nonexpert human judges, because of our ability to psychologically evaluate scenes...