Knowing we can retrieve facts online later alters memory
Visit the places that help you remember--and forget--in Scientific American Mind's tour of the brain
Letting go of memories supports a sound state of mind, a sharp intellect--and superior recall
Adding a small, additional gift can, counterintuitively, detract from, rather than add to, the perceived value of a first, big gift. Cynthia Graber reports
A wearable video camera may be able to slow the ravages of Alzheimer's disease
New research shows that the antidepressant reduces fear in adult mice by increasing brain plasticity
Trained pigeons demonstrate an ability to use abstract number-counting rules on par with primates and to recognize which groups of items contain more of those items. Sophie Bushwick reports...
People who kill themselves have more of a type of neuron important for social emotions
The trouble the brain has spotting rare items--and what might be done about it
Our subconscious notices incongruities in a scene
What used to be thought of as a symptom of a speech disorder might now be a hot trend in vocal style among rock stars and young women. Christie Nicholson reports
Three things stand out about our memories of life experiences, so-called autobiographical memories. Two of them are pretty obvious. One, not so much.
Problems with motor control may be a key factor in bipolar disorder
Cognitive psychology is mapping the capabilities we are unaware we possess
Urban dwellers are more likely to have overactive emotional centers in the brain
Scientists measure the "doorway effect," and it supports a novel model of human memory
A recent study has found that we do not tend to hold individual members of a group responsible for their individual actions. Christie Nicholson reports
People who don't careor don't need to carewhat others think of them show how crucial reputation is to civilization. Understanding it could reduce crime, improve ethical behavior and rein in Wall Street excesses...
And boost your social skills to boot