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Mobile Phones Exert Emotional Pull

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...

April 21, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

The Science of Memory

Managing editor Sandra Upson introduces the May/June 2014 issue of Scientific American MIND

April 17, 2014 — Sandra Upson

Cereal Box Characters Look Down at Kids

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


April 15, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Sperm RNA Carries Marks of Trauma

Stress alters the expression of small RNAs in male mice and leads to depressive behaviors in later generations

April 15, 2014 — Virginia Hughes and Nature magazine

Being Bad at Video Games Ups Aggression

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


April 10, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

Kids Books May Cause Confusion about Animals

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...

April 8, 2014 — Christie Nicholson

Stress Alters Children's Genomes

Poverty and unstable family environments shorten chromosome-protecting telomeres in nine-year-olds

April 7, 2014 — Jyoti Madhusoodanan and Nature magazine

Umpires Show Bias for Stars and Strikes

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


April 7, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

Can ADHD Be Prevented?

A game-style intervention for preschoolers might prevent ADHD from developing, reducing reliance on medications

April 3, 2014 — Emily Laber-Warren
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