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      September 1, 2018Evolution

      The Cultural Origins of Language

      What makes language distinctly human
      July 17, 2011Mind & Brain

      Confirmation Bias and Art

      By now, our overwhelming tendency to look for what confirms our beliefs and ignore what contradicts our beliefs is well documented. Psychologists refer to this as confirmation bias, and its ubiquity is observed in both academia and in our everyday lives: Republicans watch Fox while Democrats watch MSNB; creationists see fossils as evidence of God, evolutionary biologists see fossils as evidence of evolution; doomsayers see signs of the end of the world, and the rest of us see just another day...
      November 1, 2016Mind & Brain

      Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn't Add Up

      Research shows that an emphasis on memorization, rote procedures and speed impairs learning and achievement 
      May 1, 2008Mind & Brain

      Seeing Is Believing

      2-D or not 2-D, that is the question: test yourself to learn what shapes formed by shading reveal about the brain
      July 1, 2012Mind & Brain

      When Nice Guys Finish First

      Pleasant people enjoy many advantages in life and, with some effort, can even make it to the top
      July 14, 2011

      Ketamine and Major Depressive Disorder: Is it Better with Special K?

      Most people have heard of ketamine. Originally invented in 1962 to be used as an anesthetic, it is still used for children and in some topical anesthetics, but mostly when you hear of ketamine used clinically now, it's actually used in combination with xylazine as a veterinary anesthetic (side note: SciCat coming to after a visit to the vet from a Ketamine/Xylazine combo is...hilarious...
      October 3, 2011Health

      Half Dead: Men and the "Midlife Crisis"

      If you ask a person when “middle age” begins, the answer, not surprisingly, depends on the age of that respondent. American college-aged students are convinced that one fits soundly into the middle-age category at 35...
      September 11, 2012

      This Is Your Brain on the Internet (Maybe)

      Headlines like “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” or “Is the Internet Making Us Dumber?” quite clearly show that people are concerned about what the Internet is doing to our cognition.
      January 25, 2019

      When Lyme Disease Strikes an Unborn Child

      A mom can pass the pathogen to her fetus—but the World Health Organization has removed “congenital Lyme disease” from its definitive diagnostic reference
      September 1, 2013Cross-Check

      Why Optogenetics Doesn’t Light Me Up: The Sequel

      When asked about my style of journalism, I sometimes say that my goal isn’t necessarily to get people to agree with me. It’s to provoke readers into reconsidering some issue...
      March 8, 2012

      Our Storytelling Minds: Do We Ever Really Know What's Going on Inside?

      W.J. was a veteran of World War II. He was gregarious, charming, and witty. He also happed to suffer from a debilitating form of epilepsy—so incapacitating that, in 1960, he elected to have a drastic form of brain surgery: his corpus collosum—the connecting fabric between the left and right hemispheres of the brain that allows the two halves to communicate—would be severed...
      September 1, 2011Mind & Brain

      The Eyes Have It

      Eye gaze is critically important to social primates such as humans. Maybe that is why illusions involving eyes are so compelling
      June 1, 2007Mind & Brain

      Kids on Meds -- Trouble Ahead

      Antidepressants, designed for adults, may be altering the brains of kids who take them
      September 4, 2019Neuroscience

      Studying the Superhuman

      An examination of sixth fingers hints at what our body—and mind—is capable of
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