Letters to the editor from the January/February 2014 issue of Scientific American MIND
Our awareness of our own speech often comes after the words have left our mouth, not before
Electroconvulsive therapy is a reasonably safe solution for some severe mental illnesses
Two human steroidal compounds may help scientists make sense of how bodily scents affect sexual arousal
David J. Hand, emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College London, talks about his new book The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles and Rare Events Happen Every Day...
Better insights into this ancient condition, with uncontrolled inflammation at its core, might reveal information about a host of other illnesses
Do we really do what we want or are we subtly influenced by the choices of others? A classic psychology experiment shows that other people exert more power over us than we'd like to believe...
Easy to pronounce can mean easy to believe
Ten violin soloists who played different instruments blindfolded then picked a Stradivarius over a modern instrument as being the superior violin at rates no better than chance. Karen Hopkin reports...
Teenage drivers who have a high sensitivity to stress actually have lower rates of car accidents than their more mellow friends. Christie Nicholson reports
Rats and mice show increased stress levels when handled by men rather than women, potentially skewing study results
Hints about the punch line of a joke or story may not spoil the fun
—Emer McHugh, Ireland
Bees understand abstract relations despite lacking the brain areas thought necessary
Soothing music helps patients heal after an operation
Tweets from citizens on the front lines of the country’s conflicts with drug cartels indicate desensitization to the growing violence
What's being called "nomophobia," the anxiety of not having your mobile phone with you, may be a real condition among teens, at least according to two recent studies out of South Korea, the world’s most connected nation...
Managing editor Sandra Upson introduces the May/June 2014 issue of Scientific American MIND
Tony the Tiger and his kid-friendly cohort tend to gaze downward whereas the Quaker Oats guy stares straight ahead at thee. Karen Hopkin reports
Stress alters the expression of small RNAs in male mice and leads to depressive behaviors in later generations