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  • Modern Hunter–Gatherers Probably Get Less Sleep Than You Do

    Modern Hunter–Gatherers Probably Get Less Sleep Than You Do

    TVs and smartphones notwithstanding, a new study suggests people do not get less sleep today than they did in prehistoric times

    October 16, 2015

  • Building a Brainbow

    Building a Brainbow

    Scientists use a genetic technique to illuminate neurons in up to 90 different colors.

    For more on this, check out “ The Brainbow Connection ,” a photo essay by Diana Kwon and Liz Tormes in the latest issue of Scientific American MIND .

    October 16, 2015

  • What If My Life Had Taken a Different Turn?

    What If My Life Had Taken a Different Turn?

    Scientific American MIND  readers share their own “counterfactual” musings 

    October 15, 2015

  • "Brainprints" Pick Out an Individual from the Crowd

    "Brainprints" Pick Out an Individual from the Crowd

    Researchers identify people by the way their brains are wired

    October 14, 2015

  • Men Are Attracted to Nonconformist Women

    Men Are Attracted to Nonconformist Women

    The popular idea that women should try to conform or be submissive around men is outdated

    September 1, 2015

  • Why We Imagine

    Why We Imagine

    Thinking about what-ifs—how things might have gone differently—shapes our memories, emotions and future

    November 1, 2015

  • Q&A: Why We Need to Forget

    Q&A: Why We Need to Forget

    Scientific American MIND contributing editor Gareth Cook talks to Douwe Draaisma about his new book “Forgetting: Myths, Perils and Compensations”

    September 1, 2015

  • Nicotine-Chomping Bacteria May Help Smokers Quit

    Nicotine-Chomping Bacteria May Help Smokers Quit

    An enzyme from a bacterium that lives on tobacco plants may be the key to a new type of "vaccine" to help smokers quit

    October 5, 2015

  • There Is a Fine Line between Love and Drunk

    There Is a Fine Line between Love and Drunk

    Oxytocin, known as the “love hormone,” has a dark side—and it looks like alcohol intoxication

    September 1, 2015

  • Locating the Brain's Funny Bone

    Locating the Brain's Funny Bone

    “Getting” a joke and cracking up have separate addresses

    September 1, 2015

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