Chronic worrying stems from a craving for control. But the more we fret, the less our bodies are able to cope with stress
Recent research published in the journal Brain and Cognition finds that people can boost the number and quality of their original ideas when they increase the interaction between the brain's right and left hemispheres...
Robert O. Duncan, a behavioral scientist at York College, the City University of New York, explains
From home sleep-cycle monitoring to a tap into the psychology of motivation, these clever products promise to get inside your head
Combing through your social network is the most fruitful—and most common—way of finding the love of your life
The brain may not learn from its mistakes after all
A study in the journal Psychological Science finds that people who hear someone nearby sneezing become more concerned in general, not just about catching a cold or flu. Karen Hopkin reports...
A prolific killer of young children worldwide, diarrhea may have met its match with cheap and available zinc tablets. A new study examines how one country has gotten the word out to parents and doctors...
Scientists have recently found that there are two brain pathways involved how we perceive our own thumping hearts. Christie Nicholson reports
The damaging theatrics of drama queens may spring from defects etched in the brain. Yet you can limit the havoc they wreak on your life
What happens when Harvard scientists use a brain scanner to look for the devil inside?
Advances in neuroscience are changing the way some companies position their products, giving birth to the new field of neuromarketing
New studies show low vitamin D levels may impair cognitive function
We assume intelligence and rationality go together. But we shouldn't be surprised when smart people do foolish things.
A new neuroscience of intelligence is revealing that not all brains work in the same way
Acting Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina introduces the November/December issue of Scientific American MIND
A study in the journal Psychological Science finds that people in a room recently sprayed with citrus-scented cleanser were fairer and more generous than a control group. Cynthia Graber reports...
When pursuing a mate for a short-term relationship, are we more interested in the face or the body? How about for a long-term relationship? Christie Nicholson reports
Man is by nature a political animal, according to Aristotle. Now it appears that political contests can biologically affect the nature of males--namely their testosterone levels
The Internet stands ready to upend the television viewing experience, but exactly how is a matter of considerable dispute