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The Samaritan Paradox

If we live in a dog-eat-dog world, then why are we frequently so good to each other?

By Ernst Fehr and Suzann-Viola Renninger

How Group-Think Makes Killers

Lost in a crowd, average individuals can become exceptionally virtuous or deadly. Their behavior depends on how they believe they are expected to act

By Bernd Simon

Stressed-Out Memories

A little stress sharpens memory. But after prolonged stress, the mental picture isn't pretty

By Robert M. Sapolsky

Treating Depression: Pills or Talk?

Medication has reduced depression for decades, but newer forms of psychotherapy are proving their worth

By Steven D. Hollon, Michael E. Thase and John C. Markowitz, Michael E. Thase and John C. Markowitz

The Forgotten Brain Emerges

After disregarding them for decades, neuroscientists now say glial cells may be nearly as important to thinking as neurons are

By Claudia Krebs, Kerstin Hüttmann and Christian Steinhäuser, Kerstin Hüttmann and Christian Steinhäuser

The Tyranny of Choice

Logic suggests that having options allows people to select precisely what makes them happiest. But, as studies show, abundant choice often makes for misery

By Barry Schwartz

Informing the ADHD Debate

The latest neurological research has injected much needed objectivity into the disagreement over how best to treat children with attention-deficit disorders

By Aribert Rothenberger and Tobias Banaschewski

Worlds of Feeling

Underappreciated yet vital, the sense of touch helps to complete an amazingly accurate mental picture of our surroundings and ourselves

By Martin Grunwald

The Limits of Multitasking

Reading e-mail, sorting data and talking on the phone at once--multitasking clearly saves time in a fast-paced world. Or does it?

By Klaus Manhart

Secret Powers Everywhere

Conspiracy theories offer attractively simple explanations for a chaotic world. So we must be careful about what we believe

By Thomas Grüter

Test Subjects in Diapers

When do babies recognize the intentions of others--and become capable of deliberate actions themselves?

By Gisa Aschersleben

Thinking Out Loud

Thought-deciphering systems are enabling paralyzed people to communicate—and someday may let them control wheelchairs, prosthetics and even their own muscles

By Nicola Neumann and Niels Birbaumer

Casting Out the Demons

Adolescents are naturally drawn to occult ideas, but parents and therapists should know the signs that indicate when this fascination has become deeper and more dangerous

By Gunther Klosinski

Taming Compulsion

For people trapped in obsessive-compulsive thoughts and rituals, therapy and medication may offer the best way out

By Marion Sonnenmoser


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