Although pilots may be thousands of miles away from the battlefield, a former drone pilot says distance doesn't numb the emotional impact of taking a life
Citizen observers report on sexual behavior and experiences as well as share, explore and visualize the accumulated data
Addictive drugs and gambling rewire neural circuits in similar ways
The dangerous psychology of texting while driving
Physical labor is often made easier when accompanied by music. But is it merely listening to music that helps, or is it more motivating to participate in the music itself? Christie Nicholson reports
Psychologist Jesse Bering talks about his latest book PERV: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us.
How a belief in “pure evil” shapes people’s thinking
The light you're exposed to at light from gadgets may influence mood, and the light's color could be a determining factor. Allie Wilkinson reports.
A study of so-called cyberchondriacs finds that those who are uncomfortable with uncertainty only feel worse the more they search online for health symptoms. Christie Nicholson reports
Highly automated systems for buying and selling promise big returns for the fastest traders, but such systems cannot always be controlled
Viewers of TV ads for medications interpret the listing of negative side effects as a sign of trustworthiness of the advertiser. Erika Beras reports.
A robot’s appearance should depend on the work it does but never fall into the “uncanny valley” and come across as creepy
How weird beliefs can land you in jail
Ultrahigh-security systems similar to that in the movie Escape Plan are already keeping convicts behind bars
Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity
Why some memories disappear, some remain, and others blend with fiction
Company cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell tells us to get ready to take our fondness for smartphones, tablets and other devices to the next level
Books and recommendations from Scientific American MIND
With the right lesson plan, teachers can turn struggling students into budding mathematicians. The secret is carefully guiding their adventure in numbers
Looking at photos of food can lead us to become bored with other similar foods. Christie Nicholson reports