A common mental miscalculation causes us to overestimate our self-control
Researchers gather evidence that talk therapy works -- and keeps on working
Scientists at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science presented a mathematical model to predict criminal behavior and police success. Christie Nicholson reports...
Museum exhibits, conferences and events relating to the brain
Robert Emery and Jim Coan, professors of psychology at the University of Virginia, reply
Oil and gas attract more criminals than tourism or agriculture do.
New research makes the case for difficult tests in schools and suggests an unusual technique that anyone can use to learn
To help boost the physical--and financial--health of Americans, the stimulus bill sent more than $122 billion to Health and Human Services. How much of that is helping to minimize visits to--and dollars spent on--the doctor?...
One year ago, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, which handed out billions of dollars for science, health, energy and other research...
Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina introduces the March 2010 issue of Scientific American
Thoughts about love or sex make the mind more creative or analytical
Women with low libido get a boost from a new drug
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences followed a small group of high-functioning people with autism and found that they responded more to social cues when given the hormone oxytocin...
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...