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Does Falling in Love Make Us More Creative?

A new study demonstrates that thinking about love--but not about sex--causes us to think more "globally," making it easier to come up with new ideas

September 29, 2009 — Nira Liberman and Oren Shapira

Drink Now, Pay Later

A study with animals in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that alcohol abuse in adolescence leads to a lifetime of poor decision-making skills. Karen Hopkin reports

September 23, 2009

Scary Music Scarier with Eyes Shut

In the journal Public Library of Science ONE, researchers report that listening to scary music with eyes shut may intensify the emotional experience. Cynthia Graber reports

September 22, 2009

Torture Interferes with Memory

In the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, psychologist Share O'Mara notes that torture can interfere with the brain's memory retrieval apparatus, making it counterproductive to the aim of producing useful information. Karen Hopkin reports

September 21, 2009

MIND on Pain: The Psychology of Pain

Our expectations, mood and perspective on pain powerfully influence how much something actually hurts—and the decisions we make every day

August 26, 2009 — Howard L. Fields

Do Gays Have a Choice?

Science offers a clear and surprising answer to a controversial question

February 1, 2006 — Robert Epstein

Psychic Drift

Why most scientists do not believe in ESP and psi phenomena

January 13, 2003 — Michael Shermer

Behavioral Psychotherapy

Abnormal behavior can be thought of not as a symptom of a hidden illness but as a problem of "social learning", and can be treated directly by methods of that are derived from principles of learning

March 1, 1967 — Albert Bandura