Can data determine moral values?
Those holiday letters that summarize a family's year usually leave out the key component of the experiences: the feelings about what happened
In this chapter from his new e-book, journalist Carl Zimmer tries to reconcile the visions of techno-immortalists with the exigencies imposed by real-world biology
Linguists have found a new application for ultrasound—decoding dying languages
College students viewed people with innovative ideas as having less leadership potential than those whose thinking remained in the box. Karen Hopkin reports
Recent research finds that chimps tend to fall into the same gender-specific roles as human children do, even without any gender-specific tools. Karen Hopkin reports
Why the left hand doesn't always know what the right is doing
Richard Easterlin wrote a paper back in the 1970s showing that increased income doesn't correlate with increased happiness. Last week he published an update on that paper. Christie Nicholson reports...
The field of "culturomics" promises humanities researchers a robust quantitative tool to analyze cultural trends back to the 1500s
Kitchen staff learned more from food safety stories about methods and consequences than from dry protocols. Cynthia Graber reports
Did Marc Hauser know what he was doing?
How to tell the difference between true and false conspiracy theories
Brain scans should not be used for lie detection unless their reliability is proved
Why we shouldn't put our faith in opinion polls
Functional brain imaging has revealed that some blind people's brains rewire themselves, giving them extraordinary auditory comprehension
What is the telltale clue to a genuine smile? Recent research finds positive correlations with this honest show of emotion. Christie Nicholson reports
If you painstakingly contemplate eating the food you're about to dig into, there's a good chance you'll eat less of it. Karen Hopkin reports
Letters to the editor about the July/August 2010 issue of Scientific American MIND
Psychodynamic therapy has been caricatured as navel-gazing, but studies show powerful benefits
Study subjects who imitated a foreign accent understood the speaker better than those who merely listened. Karen Hopkin reports