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
Flaws in a long-accepted test used to search for signs of self-awareness are revealing that selfhood varies culturally and exists on a continuum
The emerging field of cultural neuroscience reveals fascinating differences in brain function between cultures and environments. Christie Nicholson reports
A simple writing exercise that had been shown to help minority students improve their grades also seems to help female physics students. Cynthia Graber reports
Letters to the editor from the August 2010 issue of Scientific American
SA asked scientists to recommend their favorite educational gifts for kids
Cornell University's Brian Wansink talks about eating behavior and how mindless eating has us consuming way more calories than we suspect
Cornell's Brian Wansink notes that smaller plates can lead to smaller food intakes, and he has more holiday eating tips. Steve Mirsky reports