Volunteers who spent at least four days hiking with no communications or computing technology scored higher on creativity tests upon their return than did a control group. Rose Eveleth reports...
Managing editor Sandra Upson introduces the January/February 2013 issue of Scientific American Mind
What brain scans of rap artists reveal about creativity—and what they do not
In mock elections between female candidates the deeper voice carried the vast majority of the votes. Christopher Intagliata reports
Women tend to choose work-life balance rather than the pursuit of eminence—although the choice is not entirely freely made
Brubeck's music doesn't swing the way jazz "should," but it combines novelty and familiarity in a way that stimulates the brain
Psychologists discover a new element of religious—and political—impulses
A comparison of prehistoric and more recent art reveals that early humans had a better grasp of quadruped locomotion. Sophie Bushwick reports
Hearing action words can cause subtle motor responses--but context is key. Daisy Yuhas reports
“Genius” societies offer a social network for the top tier of test-takers
Knowledge of how the brain intuits what someone else is thinking helps Rebecca Saxe devise possible solutions to seemingly intractable political and social conflicts
Case studies suggest that some forms of consciousness may not require an intact cerebrum
Match wits with the Mensa puzzlers
Whether reading Chinese characters or French words written alphabetically, the same areas light up in our brains, an insight that could inform learning strategies for literacy
Why are narcissists more physically attractive?
New research finds a way to break an embedded habit, even a bad habit, at least for mice. Christie Nicholson reports
Neural 'hyperconnections' caused by runaway protein production can be undone.
Many soldiers' cases of post-traumatic stress disorder may in fact stem from troubled civilian life
Recent studies find our first impulses are selfless