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Music, Midlife and Magic

Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina introduces the March/April 2015 issue of Scientific American MIND

February 12, 2015 — Mariette DiChristina

Music Can Heal the Brain

New therapies are using rhythm, beat and melody to help patients recover language, hearing, motion and emotion

February 12, 2015 — William Forde Thompson and Gottfried Schlaug

What IS ADHD? Common—and Surprising—Symptoms

Do you frequently start and abandon projects? Does your ability to concentrate flip-flop between The Laser Beam and The Disco Ball? Sometimes ADHD is obvious, but sometimes it can fly under the radar...

February 11, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Turbocharging the Brain

Will a pill at breakfast improve concentration and memory—and will it do so without long-term detriment to your health?

February 9, 2015 — Gary Stix

Teens These Days, Always Changing Their Gray Matter

While we all may vary on just how much time we like spending with other people, humans are overall very social beings. Scientists have already found this to be reflected in our health and well-being - with social isolation being associated with more depression, worse health, and a shorter life...

February 3, 2015 — Amanda Baker

How to Be a Better Shopper

Research from consumer psychology and marketing hints at how to avoid unnecessary spending

February 1, 2015 — Sunny Sea Gold

240 Head Hits: The Average a 10-Year Old Can Get in a Football Season

Coinciding with Super Bowl week, the journal Neurology just came out with a study by Boston University researchers that looked at retired professional football players, comparing the cognitive functioning of players who had started tackle football before age 12 with others who hadn’t...

January 30, 2015 — Gary Stix

Calisthenics for a Child's Mind

Scientists have concocted mental fitness regimens to strengthen weak thinking skills in students—in effect, making kids smarter

January 30, 2015 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Unconscious Thought Not So Smart after All

A study on decision-making stokes controversy over the power of a distracted mind, an idea popularized by Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling Blink

January 28, 2015 — Alison Abbott and Nature magazine

Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned

I met my first savant 52 years ago and have been intrigued with that remarkable condition ever since. One of the most striking and consistent things in the many savants I have seen is that that they clearly know things they never learned...

January 28, 2015 — Darold Treffert
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