Few diseases have strong enough genetic components to make sequencing a solid way to assess individual risk
Readers Respond to "The Death of Preschool"—and More
Join in at 10 P.M. ET to watch prominent scholars and thinkers discuss whether our instinct to form in-groups and out-groups is maladaptive in today's world
A mysterious math problem from Science Buddies
An impenetrable mountain of facts can obscure the deeper questions
Shades of Proust: Using "optogenetics," researchers are able to trigger a memory
Kids who learned fractions through a music-based curriculum outperformed peers in traditional math classes. Sophie Bushwick reports
What Are the Structural Differences in the Brain between Animals That Are Self-Aware (Humans, Apes) and Other Vertebrates?
Robert O. Duncan, a behavioral scientist at York College, the City University of New York, responds
Researchers find that how soon we sleep after learning new information impacts how well we retain it. Christie Nicholson reports
Books and recommendation from Scientific American
A person holding a gun may be more likely to think they see a weapon being carried by another. Christopher Intagliata reports
Autistic children's brains may grow too big, too soon. A new study links this unusual growth to abnormal gene activity that fails to prune unnecessary neural connections
M.I.T. scientist Sebastian Seung describes the audacious plan to find the connectome--a map of every single neuron in the brain. Here, he says, is the secret of human identity
Why some people learn more from their mistakes
A new study has found a strong correlation between how much your mind wanders and your working memory capacity. Christie Nicholson reports
Genetic traces similar to those in vertebrate brains have been found in lowly worms, but not all scientists are convinced that complex brains were already in the works more than 500 million years ago...
Studies suggest that cumulative culture is unique to people, and that collaborative learning may be the key to human advancement. But precisely where to draw the lines for culture remains unclear...
Problems with focus and self-understanding are linked to eating disorders
The willful distortion of reality to extremes can be harmful
In one experiment, just telling a man he would be observed by a female was enough to hurt his psychological performance.