A study in the journal Psychological Science finds that people who hear someone nearby sneezing become more concerned in general, not just about catching a cold or flu. Karen Hopkin reports...
A prolific killer of young children worldwide, diarrhea may have met its match with cheap and available zinc tablets. A new study examines how one country has gotten the word out to parents and doctors...
Scientists have recently found that there are two brain pathways involved how we perceive our own thumping hearts. Christie Nicholson reports
The damaging theatrics of drama queens may spring from defects etched in the brain. Yet you can limit the havoc they wreak on your life
What happens when Harvard scientists use a brain scanner to look for the devil inside?
Advances in neuroscience are changing the way some companies position their products, giving birth to the new field of neuromarketing
New studies show low vitamin D levels may impair cognitive function
We assume intelligence and rationality go together. But we shouldn't be surprised when smart people do foolish things.
A new neuroscience of intelligence is revealing that not all brains work in the same way
Acting Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina introduces the November/December issue of Scientific American MIND
A study in the journal Psychological Science finds that people in a room recently sprayed with citrus-scented cleanser were fairer and more generous than a control group. Cynthia Graber reports...
When pursuing a mate for a short-term relationship, are we more interested in the face or the body? How about for a long-term relationship? Christie Nicholson reports
Man is by nature a political animal, according to Aristotle. Now it appears that political contests can biologically affect the nature of males--namely their testosterone levels
The Internet stands ready to upend the television viewing experience, but exactly how is a matter of considerable dispute
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...
Psychologist Sam Gosling from the University of Texas reveals what we can predict about personalities by just looking at their stuff. Christie Nicholson reports
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...
New research makes the case for hard tests, and suggests an unusual technique that anyone can use to learn
Implanted electrodes in brains of presurgery patients show in real-time how Broca's area organizes language from perception to sound in milliseconds
Making an emotional face—or suppressing one—influences your feelings