Researchers are asking hockey players to give up their brains to study the long-term impact of concussions. Christie Nicholson reports
Stolen e-mails and computer code do nothing to change average temperature trends, but they could damage climate researchers' credibility just when polls are showing public belief that greenhouse gases are warming the planet is ebbing...
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On the eve of the United Nations Global Warming Conference in Copenhagen and in the wake of the hacked climate researchers' e-mails, former Scientific American Editor in Chief John Rennie discusses his ScientificAmerican.com article "7 Answers to Climate Contrarian Nonsense," available at http://bit.ly/8bg9Fx...
New research reveals the cell mechanisms underlying a meditative state
Researchers continue to probe the limits of the brain's plasticity
Psychological research reveals how and why liberals and conservatives differ
A recent study links fear of feeling anxious to depression. Christie Nicholson reports
A study suggests that spending time in nature changes our values
New research finds adultlike structure in the brains of wayward youths
This Thanksgiving how can we be certain we're sitting down with our genetically related family? Evolutionary psychology provides some food for thought. Christie Nicholson reports
A study in the Journal of Marketing Research finds that the traditional Thanksgiving meal may affect brain chemistry in such a way as to lessen the likelihood of impulse buying during Black Friday's store sales...
Our ability to multitask is limited by the prefrontal cortex
Acting Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina introduces the December 2009 issue of Scientific American
Letters to the editor about the July/August 2009 issue of Scientific American MIND
In the 24/7 Internet world, people make lots of claims. Science provides a guide for testing them
Are non-Western conditions truly distinct from those in the U.S. and Europe?
Growing evidence points to birthplace as a risk factor for schizophrenia
Recent research with chimps provides support for theories of how language evolved in humans. Christie Nicholson reports