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      October 1, 2008Mind

      How Unconscious Mechanisms Affect Thought

      Clever experiments root out nooks and crannies in the brain that are hidden from your conscious awareness
      September 1, 2019Policy & Ethics

      Readers Respond to the May 2019 Issue

      Letters to the editor from the May 2019 issue of Scientific American
      June 1, 2006The Sciences

      Favored by the Gods

      Happiness, according to current scientific thinking, depends less on our circumstances than on our genetic endowment
      July 1, 2010

      Zombies Ate My Brain! (and other tales)

      Imagine with me, for a moment, that the zombie invasion has begun. You try to escape, but the zombies are just too much to handle. You can’t run fast enough.
      March 13, 2015Mind

      Hype of “Feel-Good Gene” Makes Me Feel Bad

      In 1990 The New York Times published a front-page article by Lawrence Altman, a reporter with a medical degree, announcing that scientists had discovered “a link between alcoholism and a specific gene.” That was merely one in a string of reports in which the Times and other major media hyped what turned out to be [...]..
      June 1, 1998Mind

      The Neurobiology of Depression

      The search for biological underpinnings of depression is intensifying. Emerging findings promise to yield better therapies for a disorder that too often proves fatal
      Visual Cortexes: Brain-Art Competition Shows Off Neuroscience's Aesthetic Side


      These spindly etchings depict the brain as if seen through the base of the head, with the forehead on the bottom. Almond-shaped amygdalae—regions that help the brain regulate emotion—are highlighted in yellow [ left ].In the illustration at right, titled "palsy-walsy," a clown face hides between the amygdalae and "exemplifies the problems in processing facial emotional content" in those on the autistic spectrum, the creators wrote in their entry...
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