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
Of course not — but stereotypes can have a real effect on performance.
Girls who played with dolls were then asked about future careers. Those who played with Barbie more likely to envision traditional pink-collar jobs than were girls who played with Mrs. ..
A custom-designed video game that frustrated players left them at least as aggressive after playing as did other games famous for their violence. Larry Greenemeier reports
Children who heard descriptions of animals behaving like humans were less likely to attribute to a real animal a newly learned biological fact than were kids who heard realistic information...
When are we most (and least) likely to lie?
Poverty and unstable family environments shorten chromosome-protecting telomeres in nine-year-olds
Baseball's expanded review system excludes ball and strike calls, which a study finds to be biased in favor of star players, especially late in games. Larry Greenemeier reports
A game-style intervention for preschoolers might prevent ADHD from developing, reducing reliance on medications
About one in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism, according to the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data
Scientists use video games to explain how the brain interprets the world around us.