Suppression and dissociation, two psychoanalytic defense mechanisms, are now studied by modern neuroscience
Anthropologist Edward H. Hagen replies
A growing number of experts insist that the concept of post-traumatic stress disorder is itself disordered and that soldiers are suffering as a result
People punish one another for stinginess more than they reward for generosity
Are successful people primarily the beneficiaries of luck, timing and cultural legacy?
Scientists are peering into the brains of people with borderline personality disorder and finding clues to the roots of this disabling illness
A new theory for why we put up with adulterers, steroid-using athletes and the mafia
An explanation for synchronous swimming and other group rituals
Seeing the bright side of life may strengthen the psyche, ease pain and tighten social bonds
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...