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...
Even obviously manipulative compliments are remarkably effective
For decades the evidence has been inconclusive, but new studies show that family position may truly affect intelligence and personality
Museum exhibits, conferences and events relating to the brain
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...
A worldwide study of nearly half a million boys and girls found no significant gender gap in math ability. Christie Nicholson reports
Where we look reveals memories we cannot consciously access
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
When smarter people's brains are scanned while "at rest," long-distance connections appear stronger
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...
Online fantasy games enable developing world entrepreneurs to make a living by trading stashes of make-believe gold for hard cash
Recent research finds that a feeling of entitlement to power can inspire hypocrisy. Christie Nicholson reports
Letters to the editor about the September/October 2009 issue of Scientific American MIND
A fear conditioning study finds a way to drive away frightful memories
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
Can an extreme response to fear give us strength we would not have under normal circumstances?
The key to keeping the magic alive in a marriage, experts say, is finding ways to promote the positive
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...
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...
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