Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina introduces the March/April 2015 issue of Scientific American MIND
New therapies are using rhythm, beat and melody to help patients recover language, hearing, motion and emotion
Clubs and parties beat one-on-one encounters for preventing cognitive decline
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...
They have good reason
What birds can teach us about animal intelligence
Will a pill at breakfast improve concentration and memory—and will it do so without long-term detriment to your health?
I’m no psychedelic prude. I reported on, and applauded, the resurgence of research into psychedelics in my 2003 book Rational Mysticism.
New research reveals that animals interact in surprisingly sophisticated ways
We should not let portrayals of "genius" mathematicians keep the rest of us out of mathematics.
Incredible thermosensors that let you know the difference between the spicy hot of chili and the chilly sensation of mint
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...
Ever rising IQ scores suggest that future generations will make us seem like dimwits in comparison
Research from consumer psychology and marketing hints at how to avoid unnecessary spending
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...
Scientists have concocted mental fitness regimens to strengthen weak thinking skills in students—in effect, making kids smarter
Sleeping patterns might be the newest excuse for lackluster athletic performances
Gaze-tracking technology lets us play video games, control gadgets and diagnose disease through the eyes alone. It can also reveal a lot about how we think and feel
A study on decision-making stokes controversy over the power of a distracted mind, an idea popularized by Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling Blink
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...