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Daring to Die: The Psychology of Suicide

Wanting to die is not enough to trigger suicide. To end their own lives, humans need the guts and the means to carry out their plans   This article appears in the In-Depth Report Genius, Suicide and Mental Illness: Insights into a Deep Connection...

January 12, 2010 — Karen Springen

Alan Alda's Human Spark

Alan Alda, star of stage, screen and science, talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about his new PBS science series The Human Spark as well as his strong interest in science and long association with Scientific American...

January 7, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

No Gender Gap in Math

A worldwide study of nearly half a million boys and girls found no significant gender gap in math ability. Christie Nicholson reports

January 6, 2010

Alan Alda Looks for "The Human Spark"

The Human Spark, a three-part PBS series hosted by Alan Alda and debuting January 6th, looks at what makes humans the exceptionally unusual animals we are. Steve Mirsky reports

January 6, 2010

Computers Can't Show You the Monet

A study in the journal Computers & Graphics finds that computer programs for identifying works of art fall far short of even nonexpert human judges, because of our ability to psychologically evaluate scenes...

January 4, 2010

Powerful and Bad in 2009

Recent research finds that a feeling of entitlement to power can inspire hypocrisy. Christie Nicholson reports

December 31, 2009

Are Social Networks Messing with Your Head?

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and their cousins have evolved from college fad to global ubiquity in seven short years. Whether they are good for our mental health is another matter

December 29, 2009 — David DiSalvo

Gal Gamers Geekier Than Guys

A study in the Journal of Communication found that women who engage in a role-playing game online actually spend more time in the alternate reality than the guy players do. Karen Hopkin reports...

December 23, 2009

Remembering That Person's Name

Recent research finds that we all have a tough time remembering names as we age. But for those with early Alzheimer's the decline is significant and includes forgetting biographical information, as well...

December 22, 2009

Fall in Love and Stay That Way

Nothing is more fulfilling than being in a successful love relationship. Yet we leave our love lives entirely to chance. Maybe we don't have to anymore

December 22, 2009 — Robert Epstein
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