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
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...
Our expectations, mood and perspective on pain powerfully influence how much something actually hurts—and the decisions we make every day
Anthropologist Edward H. Hagen replies
Why subjective anecdotes often trump objective data
Reviews and recommendations from the December 2007/January 2008 issue of Scientific American MIND
After a recent spate of school shootings, researchers are analyzing the malignant fantasies of young assassins for warning signs that could help prevent future tragedies
Science offers a clear and surprising answer to a controversial question
Why most scientists do not believe in ESP and psi phenomena
In almost all other species, especially primates, baring one's teeth is a threat or a show of potential force. Are there any cultures in which smiling is not considered friendly?
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...
Before the smartphone or even Morse code, some rural peoples “spoke” long distance by whistling. Linguists are racing to study the dying languages
Health workers are not trained to address patients' self-destructive impulses—but they should be