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Science Probes Spirituality

What happens in the brain to create a sense of peace during meditation? And could drugs tap those mechanisms without us focusing inward for hours?

By Jamie Talan

Picture This

How does the brain create images in our minds?

By Thomas Grueter

One Person, One Neuron?

Nerve cells devoted to recognizing Halle Berry or Bill Clinton? Absurd. That's what most neuroscientists thought—until recently

By Katja Gaschler

Mindful of Symbols

On the way to learning that one thing can represent another, young children often conflate the real item and its symbol. These errors show how difficult it is to start thinking symbolically

By Judy S. DeLoache

Mastery of Emotions

Joseph E. LeDoux discovered how fear arises. Now he is showing that the biology of emotions is what gives life meaning

By David Dobbs

Do Gays Have a Choice?

Science offers a clear and surprising answer to a controversial question

By Robert Epstein

Do Animals Have Feelings?

Animal lovers insist their fellow creatures experience joy, sympathy, fear and grief, but scientifically, it is hard to say

By Klaus Wilhelm

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