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
Why NASA's plan to get out of the manned spaceflight business may (finally) make space travel routine
A gene associated with rash behaviour may in fact enable shrewd decision-making in risky situations.
Research released today in Nature Neuroscience finds that we are are more likely to be tricked by a visual illusion if we have a smaller amount of brain real estate devoted to visual processing...
You've heard that misery loves company. Enjoying others' misery does, too
This Web extra features additional commentary from the primatologist, including answers to questions posted by readers on Facebook
Mathematicians are still struggling to understand what happens atop your morning cappuccino
Could exercising regularly and not smoking help to delay dementia?
Deep down, the particles and forces of the universe are a manifestation of exquisite geometry