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Light All Night Not Alright

In a study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, researchers found that mice that were exposed to light all night long showed signs of depression. Karen Hopkin reports...

October 21, 2009

What Our Stuff Says about Us

Psychologist Sam Gosling from the University of Texas reveals what we can predict about personalities by just looking at their stuff. Christie Nicholson reports

October 20, 2009

Web Boosts Grandpa's Brain

In a study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, researchers reported that older adults exposed to Web surfing for the first time showed increased brain activity in regions associated with language and working memory...

October 20, 2009

It's Funny Because It's True

New research proves that the things we find funny often reveal somewhat hidden beliefs we hold. Christie Nicholson reports

October 13, 2009

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...

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
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