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Emotionally Extreme Experiences, Not Just "Positive" or "Negative" Experiences, Are More Meaningful in Life
Cognition

Emotionally Extreme Experiences, Not Just "Positive" or "Negative" Experiences, Are More Meaningful in Life

Peak emotional experiences are the most meaningful ones in our lives

By Scott Barry Kaufman
On the Nature of Fear
Behavior & Society

On the Nature of Fear

Experts from the fields of human and animal affective neuroscience discuss their own definitions of fear and how we should study it

By Dean Mobbs, Ralph Adolphs, Michael S. Fanselow, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Joseph E. LeDoux, Kerry Ressler, Kay M. Tye and Nature Neuroscience
The Scientific Underpinnings and Impacts of Shame
Behavior & Society

The Scientific Underpinnings and Impacts of Shame

People who feel shame readily are at risk for depression and anxiety disorders

By Annette Kämmerer
The Brain in Images: Top Entries in the Art of Neuroscience
Neuroscience

The Brain in Images: Top Entries in the Art of Neuroscience

Scientific American presents the winner and runners-up of the ninth annual Art of Neuroscience contest, along with other notable entries

By Jennifer Leman and Liz Tormes

Departments

  • From the Editor

    The Fearful Mind

  • Illusions

    Chasing Rainbows

  • News

    Debate Arises over Teaching "Growth Mindsets" to Motivate Students

  • The Technology of Kindness

  • New Clues Found in Understanding Near-Death Experiences

  • A Successful Artificial Memory Has Been Created

  • New Insights into Self-Insight: More May Not Be Better

  • No Bones about It: People Recognize Objects by Visualizing Their "Skeletons"

  • Does Birth Order Affect Personality?

  • Opinion

    The Death of Social Reciprocity in the Era of Digital Distraction

  • Workers Are Afraid to Take a Mental Health Day

  • Where's My Consciousness-ometer?

  • Which Weighs More, a Pound of Stone or a Pound of Styrofoam?

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