Speaking March 10th at the 92nd Street Y's Tribeca site in New York City, Scientific American MIND contributing editor Robert Epstein discussed how arranged marriages can surpass love matches for long-term contentment...
Despite a growing interest in comparative effectiveness research, little medical study is being done to improve this aspect of patient care
Sacred and secular ideas engage identical areas
People with no actual circus experience still try amazing stunts on our roads
Surprising insights into “sacred values,” and what they mean for negotiation
Kids prefer friends whose speech sounds similar to their own, regardless of race
A study in the Journal of Marketing shows that shoppers are not good at estimating the total cost of what they have in their shopping carts. Karen Hopkin reports
A recent study analyzed 20,000 conversations and found that happiness strongly correlated with talkative people who went beyond the small talk. Christie Nicholson reports
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A cognitive neuroscientist explains his quest to understand how reading works in the mind—and how the brain is changed by education and culture
People in a bad mood have better judgment and pay more attention to details
Inmates who care for crops and plants in prison-yard gardens not only cultivate new skills and learn to work cooperatively—they also gain an increased awareness of and respect for nature...
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at the survival rates of men, woman and children from the Titanic and the Lusitania, and found more men stayed alive when the ship went down fast, and panic overtook chivalry...
A stifled fear response may explain why young victims stand by their abusers
Recent research explores the effects of a schizophrenia risk factor (DISC1) and its influence over the onset of the disease. Christie Nicholson reports
Pop psych lore is a bewildering mix of fact and fallacy. Here we shatter some widely held misconceptions about the mind and human behavior
At the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Stony Brook University's Robert Crease talked about how a 1999 article in Scientific American on Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and a future Nobel laureate got a few people thinking the planet was in jeopardy...
Naps help move new info from short-term memory storage in the hippocampus to long-term storage in the cortex, said U.C. Berkeley's Matthew Walker at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego on February 21...
A diagnosis of schizophrenia is not always grounds for despair