July 1, 2015 Mind & Brain Despite the hype, when science meets commerce, objectivity is often the loser Simon Makin Scientific American Mind Volume 26, Issue 4 10.1038/scientificamericanmind0715-64 Originally published as "Can You Train Your Brain?" in Scientific American Mind Volume 26, Issue 4 June 1, 2008 Mind & Brain Our inclination to trust a stranger stems in large part from exposure to a small molecule known for an entirely different task: inducing labor Paul J. Zak June 2008 10.1038/scientificamerican0608-88 May 1, 2000 Environment The winner of last year's Lasker Award discusses some of Mother Nature's finest architecture Julia Karow September 25, 2018 Public Health Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann talks about the just-issued Goalkeepers Report, tracking progress against poverty and disease even as the population keeps rising... Steve Mirsky September 1, 2015 Technology A philosopher worries about computers’ ever accelerating abilities to outpace human skills Christof Koch Scientific American Mind Volume 26, Issue 5 10.1038/scientificamericanmind0915-26 Originally published as "When Computers Surpass Us" in Scientific American Mind Volume 26, Issue 5 July 1, 2010 Mind & Brain Recent advances in brain scanning allow unprecedented access to our thoughts and mental states Daniel Bor July / August 2010 10.1038/scientificamericanmind0710-52 November 18, 2019 Neuroscience Forming lasting memories appears to depend on an interaction between glial cells and brain waves that are produced during sleep R. Douglas Fields January 27, 2011 Mind & Brain Author’s note: The following excerpt is the Introduction to my new book, The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life . Jesse Bering October 1, 2010 Technology Autonomous machines will soon play a big role in our lives. It's time they learned how to behave ethically Michael Anderson and Susan Leigh Anderson October 2010 10.1038/scientificamerican1010-72 March 15, 2022 Artificial Intelligence New research shows that detecting digital fakes generated by machine learning might be a job best done with humans still in the loop. Sarah Vitak April 1, 2007 Mind & Brain Vegetative patients may soon be able to communicate with the outside world Karen Schrock April/May 2007 10.1038/scientificamericanmind0407-40 May 23, 2012 Mind & Brain Sudden, unannounced memories might help people make connections between disparate ideas more quickly—but they might also be the building blocks of hallucinations Ferris Jabr March 27, 2018 Biotech An electronic bracelet is being readied for mental control of computers, prosthetics and other devices—all without the need to drill a hole in your head R. Douglas Fields January 1, 2015 Cognition What happens in the brain when you see—really “see”—a friend's smile or scowl Christof Koch Scientific American Mind Volume 26, Issue 1 10.1038/scientificamericanmind0115-26 Originally published as "The Face as Entryway to the Self" in Scientific American Mind Volume 26, Issue 1 June 1, 2006 Evolution Language, foresight and other hallmarks of intelligence are very likely connected through an underlying facility that plans rapid, novel movements William H. Calvin Becoming Human 10.1038/scientificamerican0606-84sp May 18, 2010 Mind & Brain Mothers are at higher risk for depression during and after pregnancy--and many continue to have depressive symptoms even as children grow up. But are fathers, whose bodies do not go through all of the same biological changes, also at risk for prenatal and postpartum depression?... Katherine Harmon July 29, 2011 Technology The 20th century was highly unusual when it comes to the media and to the way people receive and exchange information. Telephone, telegraph, telegram, telex and telefax changed the way we communicated with each other... Bora Zivkovic March 16, 2012 Click here for Part Two: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy on the Evolutionary Lessons of MotherhoodIn my cover article out this week in Times Higher Education I featured the life and work of famed primatologist and evolutionary theorist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy... Eric Michael Johnson January 13, 2017 Philosophers sometimes seem more concerned with winning than wisdom John Horgan January 23, 2021 Policy Debates about whether to “improve” our mind and body often exaggerate the feasibility of doing so John Horgan | Opinion Support Science Journalism
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