Five experts share recent studies, classical research and professional experiences that shed light on defusing the threat of extremism
Seven enlightening studies from social psychology hold vital lessons for policy makers—and the rest of us
The psychology of group dynamics goes a long way toward explaining what drives ordinary people toward radicalism
Memories and emotions—not reason—hold the key to reclaiming young fanatics, according to an expert team in France
Giving governments backdoor access to private communications would do more harm than good, security analysts warn
Whether in Chattanooga or Afghanistan, the attacks are driven more by psychological problems than ideology—which hints at a solution
An old feud rekindles in the wake of the Paris attack
The moralistic motivations of ISIS
For years, I’ve been getting e-mails from people who praise my brilliant research on terrorism and then ask me tough questions about the topic
In spite of massive challenges, Scott Atran has managed to conduct extensive field interviews with would-be and convicted terrorists
Erratic human behavior and incomplete information plague efforts to model this risk
Why terror doesn't work
What have we learned about the way children understand and process major events--even if they, themselves were not alive to have experienced them?
Terrorists Get Better with Practice: New Mathematical Model Shows How Fatal Attacks Escalate Over Time
Scientists enlist physics, math and evolutionary biology to tackle the seemingly impossible challenge of finding patterns in the chaos of modern war
A toolkit used to identify Osama bin Laden in his hideout was probably a lot like the handheld devices used by U.S. soldiers
A new study says the benefits don't add up
How we characterize an issue affects how we think about it. Replacing the "war on terror" metaphor with other ways of framing counterterrorism might help us curtail the violence more effectively
Introduction to SciAm's issue on Privacy. Our jittery state since 9/11, coupled with the Internet revolution, is shifting the boundaries between public interest and "the right to be let alone"
Protesters, terrorists and warmongers have found the Internet to be a useful tool to achieve their goals. Who will bring law and order to cyberspace?
Scientists are probing the psyches of terrorists to reveal what motivates their monstrous acts. Far from being crazed killers, terrorists are gunning for the greater good-as they see it
Many civilian research reactors contain highly enriched uranium that terrorists could use to build nuclear bombs
The psychological damage caused by the attacks of September 11 mirrored the physical destruction and showed that protecting the public’s mental health must be a component of the national defense