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      June 1, 2007Mind & Brain

      Is the Teen Brain Too Rational?

      With the decision-making areas of their brains still developing, teenagers show poor judgment in risky situations. Thinking less logically may be the answer.
      February 20, 2014Behavior

      Debate on Who Is Smart Enough to Be Executed

      The Supreme Court will soon grapple with the science of how intellectual disability is measured. The arguments will bear on applying the death penalty to people who don't understand the legal process...
      November 1, 2012Mind & Brain

      Animals Show Off Their Social Genius

      New research reveals that animals interact in surprisingly sophisticated ways
      September 1, 1958Mind & Brain

      The Physiology of Imagination

      What activity of the brain underlies the creative process? The evidence indicates that electrical waves, traveling on multilane pathways among the 10 billion cells of the cortex, correspond to the experience of mind...
      September 1, 1999The Sciences

      Scientists and Religion in America

      Science and religion are engaging in more active dialogue and debate, but a survey suggests that scientists' beliefs have changed little since the 1930s, and top scientists are more atheistic than ever before...
      April 1, 2006Environment

      Why Are Some Animals So Smart?

      The unusual behavior of orangutans in a Sumatran swamp suggests a surprising answer
      October 1, 2005Mind & Brain

      Hearing Colors, Tasting Shapes

      People with synesthesia—whose senses blend together—are providing valuable clues to understanding the organization and functions of the brain
      November 28, 2007Mind & Brain

      Neuroscience and the Law

      In this episode, neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga talks about neuroscience's impact on legal practice, and The Law and Neuroscience Project, a new MacArthur Foundation effort, which he directs, to delineate the issues surrounding neuroscience and the law...
      July 1, 2018Behavior

      How to Overcome Antiscientific Thinking

      Convincing people who doubt the validity of climate change and evolution to change their beliefs requires overcoming a set of ingrained cognitive biases
      June 1, 2021Neuroscience

      Electrodes That Stimulate the Brain Reveal the Roots of Conscious Experience

      Applying electric currents reveals the function of varying brain regions and helps to alleviate neurological disorders
      January 1, 2013Mind & Brain

      Wisdom from Psychopaths?

      A scientist enters a high-security psychiatric hospital to extract tips and advice from a crowd without a conscience
      August 21, 2009Biology

      To Bee or Not to Bee

      In part 2 of our bee podcast, we talk with May Berenbaum, entomologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and inspiration for the X Files fictional entomologist Bambi Berenbaum, about bees, other insects and how life history analysis can make us rest easy during scary sci-fi invasion movies...
      August 1, 2006Mind & Brain

      Turning Off Depression

      Helen Mayberg may have found the switch that lifts depression--and shined a light on the real link between thought and emotion
      March 1, 2019Evolution

      The Other Tool Users

      Excavations of stone tools left behind by nonhuman primates are illuminating the origins of technological innovation
      September 6, 2014Cocktail Party Physics

      Physics Week in Review: September 6, 2014

      The folks at TED-Ed asked for my recommendations regarding Math 101: A reading list for lifelong learners. I also have a post up this week at the NOVA physics blog: Quantum Physicists Catch a Pilot Wave...
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