Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina introduces the November 2010 issue of Scientific American
Why cholesterol drugs might affect memory
A statistician weighs in on the pitfalls of estimating the sizes of small groups
Brain structure explains why people have difficulty multitasking
A certain amount of negative life events is correlated with an overall sense of life satisfaction and happiness. Christie Nicholson reports
Non-human primate, that is, Ape actor Peter Elliott shares his knowledge of chimpanzee and gorilla vocabulary and facial expressions. via IMDb: Peter Elliott is the film industry's primary primate...
Contemplating a new love can reduce pain by activating the same brain region that processes addictions and analgesic drugs. Cynthia Graber reports
Why Dr. Phil and Dr. Laura won't solve your problems
Pigeons chose a big payoff option that only hit 20 percent of the time over a small payoff that had better returns in the long run. Karen Hopkin reports
Researchers turn to virtual worlds for real-world insights into addiction
The octopus sucker can feel, taste, grip, manipulate—and act of its own accord
Most psychological science is the science of being and feeling like a human being, and since there is only one human being that I have or ever will have experience in being, it is not always clear to me where my career ends and my personal life begins...
How that early bond subtly shapes decisions and moods
Recent research explains how the deaf can have extraordinary sight. Christie Nicholson reports
Perpetually plugged-in youngsters are more likely to suffer poor psychological health. Although some experts recommend exercise to restore a sense of well-being, University of Bristol exercise researcher Angie Page says such extra activity may not balance the mental health equation...
Priming our mind with thoughts of time or money influences our future behavior. Christie Nicholson reports
Psychologists have started testing augmented reality as an enhanced form of virtual reality therapy for specific phobias