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Picture Imperfect

Like a flawed painting, our self-image suffers from poor perspective: we consistently overestimate our skills and overlook our flaws

By David Dunning, Chip Heath and Jerry M. Suls

Erasing Memories

Long-term memories, particularly bad ones, could be dissolved if certain drugs are administered at just the right moment during recall

By R. Douglas Fields

Can We Cure Fear?

We naturally view any risk we witness as a personal threat--even when it is on the opposite side of the globe and we see it only on TV. Is popping a pill the answer?

By Marc Siegel

Exploding the Self-Esteem Myth

Boosting people's sense of self-worth has become a national preoccupation. Yet surprisingly, research shows that such efforts do little to improve academic performance or prevent troublesome behavior...

By Roy F. Baumeister, Jennifer D. Campbell, Joachim I. Krueger and Kathleen D. Vohs

Likely Story

Myths persist in modern culture because of the brain's biological need to impose order on the world

By Klaus Manhart

Control Your Anger

Should you regulate your emotional reactions or let them rip?

By Iris Mauss

The Promise of E-Therapy

Videoconferencing, Web sites and other electronic media offer faster, cheaper care--without the stigma of parking in front of the shrink's office

By Beryl Lieff Benderly

Left Out

The world is designed for right-handed people. Why does a tenth of the population prefer the left?

By Detlef B. Linke and Sabine Kersebaum

Personality Crash

The collision damaged his forebrain. Surgeons saved it. But they never checked his pituitary, and he is no longer the man he was

By Felicitas Witte


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