The intuitive reasoning behind “magical thinking” may carry an evolutionary advantage
One heading session may result in temporary memory impairment
Neural responses decline after repeated acts of dishonesty, research suggests
Slightly altering one’s appearance—even with glasses—can indeed hinder facial recognition by others. Erika Beras reports.
A clever experiment pinpoints the brain region involved in taking the perspective of our future selves or that of others
Like many voters, they say they would rather shake things up than endure the status quo
This year’s U.S. presidential election is the toughest test yet for political polls as experts struggle to keep up with changing demographics and technology
At long last, introverts are having their day. Over the last few years, being quiet and inner-directed has become not only acceptable, but downright trendy. But introversion often gets mistaken for its more restrictive, self-conscious, but treatable cousin, social anxiety
Jonathan Edwards plays a song from his latest album, Tomorrow’s Child, exploring the psychology of parental separation.
A decades-long study of human well-being found that upbringing also affected how the men managed their emotions in midlife
Theory has it yawning helps cool the brain—and it turns out animals with bigger brains do indeed tend to yawn longer. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Why it matters and how to overcome it
Experiments show lower emotional awareness lead to more rational choices
We lack control over our reactions when somebody gets too close
Tens of millions of people minister to a loved one on a full- or part-time basis, often putting their own lives on hold. Now researchers are finding ways to help them care for others without losing themselves
A look inside the new issue of Scientific American Mind
Engaging the public has long been taboo in scientific circles, but social media outlets are starting to force a change
Europe is experiencing the largest movement of people since the Second World War. Researchers struggle to help the migrants cope with the trauma of displacement
The ruminants seem to head due north or south when fleeing, a new study shows
It's become so common that it might soon begin to lose its impact