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Unleashing Creativity

Moments of brilliance arise from complex cognitive processes. Piece by piece, researchers are uncovering the secrets of creative thinking

By Ulrich Kraft

Fact or Phrenology?

The growing controversy over fMRI scans is forcing us to confront whether brain equals mind

By David Dobbs

Strangely Familiar

Researchers are starting to pin down what déjà vu is and why it arises. But have you read this already? Maybe you just can't remember

By Uwe Wolfradt

Drowning Mr. M

He knows he is suffocating at the bottom of the pool, but he doesn't feel like swimming right now

By Patrick Verstichel and Pascale Larrouy

Neuroscience and the Law

If scientists can prove that the brain determines the mind, lawyers could convince juries that defendants may not be responsible for their crimes

By Michael S. Gazzaniga and Megan S. Steven

What's Wrong with This Picture?

Psychologists often use the famous Rorschach inkblot test and related tools to assess personality and mental illness. But research says the instruments are frequently ineffective for those purposes...

By Scott O. Lilienfeld

Alien Friends

For people with Capgras syndrome, loved ones have been taken over by body doubles. Their experience teaches us that feelings are integral to perception

By Thomas Grüter and Ulrich Kraft

The Will to Win

More and more athletes are engaging in mental workouts to give themselves that extra edge

By Steve J. Ayan

Finding Our Way

The human positioning system helps us navigate an unfamiliar city and may underlie general memory and thought

By Hanspeter A. Mallot

Friend or Foe?

How we instantly size up people has little to do with logic and a lot to do with looks

By Marion Sonnenmoser

Right Brain May Be Wrong

Classical neuroscience holds that the brain's right hemisphere processes the emotions behind faces and voices, while the left hemisphere handles the facts involved. Or not

By Steve J. Ayan

Leonardo da Vinci, Neuroscientist

Five centuries ago the artist-engineer leaped past his contemporaries in developing a more scientific understanding of the brain

By Jonathan Pevsner


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