Research suggests that less punitive options may lead to better trial outcomes for both victims and criminals
Ailments we typically think of as bodily might be improved by thought alone
As more cultural commodities enter the market, cultural distinctions will become muted to suit the appetites of a wider clientele
Books and recommendations from Scientific American MIND
An animal behaviorist ponders a future where some Spots are robots. Larry Greenemeier reports
Our subjective experience of the world may be better explained as art than as illusion
A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research blames 40 percent of the rise in obesity on the ubiquity of supercenters, warehouse clubs and restaurants. Gretchen Cuda Kroen reports ...
Douwe Draaisma’s new work examines what we don’t remember — and why
A study of anti-Roma bias in Hungary seeks to identify the roots of subliminal bias
So many people are singing the praises of neurologist and author Oliver Sacks that I hesitate to chime in. In February, Sacks revealed in The New York Times that he has terminal cancer, and reviewers are now raving about his new autobiography, On the Move, and entire oeuvre...
A new book shows how humans' rebellion against status hierarchies (a trait shared with other species) led to an embrace of Elvis, Harley–Davidsons and hippie VW buses
One school is trying out a lightweight sack meant to keep devices from being a classroom distraction without forcing students to give up their digital lifelines
Peer counselors are playing a growing role in guiding newcomers to mental health care
Expert advice on lighting, timing and hacking your dreams
We should seek to reduce bias, not balance it out
The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death...
A lack of control in the brain’s executive regions may allow repetitive behaviors to run amok
Like other things that enhance alertness, exercise may help cement new facts in mind
Choosing a career that defies gender stereotypes can make these professionals more original thinkers
A new survey suggests that most kids by age two are using tablets and smartphones, sometimes while watching TV. Christopher Intagliata reports