December 29, 2009 Mind A fear conditioning study finds a way to drive away frightful memories Carina Storrs September 4, 2009 Mind Young brains can forget painful memories, but old ones tend not to. An animal study in the journal Science finds that it may be possible to restore the old brain to its younger, more pliable state... September 1, 2015 The Sciences In many, but not all, cats, the plant trips a brain switch Ramona Turner Special Editions Volume 24, Issue 3s 10.1038/scientificamericanpets0915-78 Originally published as "Catnip's Magic" in Special Editions Volume 24, Issue 3s June 21, 2018 Biology Researchers map out a cellular mechanism that offers a biological explanation for alcoholism, and could lead to treatments Bret Stetka March 1, 2012 Mind Good social skills depend on picking up on other people's moods--a feat the brain performs by combining numerous sensory clues Janina Seubert and Christina Regenbogen Scientific American Mind Volume 23, Issue 1 10.1038/scientificamericanmind0312-54 Originally published as "I Know How You Feel" in Scientific American Mind Volume 23, Issue 1 July 8, 2015 Behavior & Society The terms “psychopath” and “sociopath” often get used interchangeably, but they’re not exactly the same. Regardless of semantics, here’s how to spot the heartless, charming evil of a psychopath or sociopath... Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen September 29, 2009 Mind Buon giorno from Florence, where I’m presently under the Tuscan sun—sizzling like bacon, I should add—as a hive of awestruck, pale-legged American tourists wearing Nikes, cargo shorts and Polo shirts descend with digital cameras at the ready on the Renaissance city’s signature Duomo in the Piazza Della Signoria... Jesse Bering February 5, 2001 The Sciences Kristin Leutwyler June 20, 2003 Mind Sarah Graham September 1, 2015 Neuroscience Dad’s mental shifts are different from mom’s Esther Landhuis Scientific American Mind Volume 26, Issue 5 10.1038/scientificamericanmind0915-9 Originally published as "The Mind of the Father" in Scientific American Mind Volume 26, Issue 5 May 1, 2010 Tech Brain scans reveal when a vow will not be honored Allison Bond May / June 2010 10.1038/scientificamericanmind0510-7a March 1, 2011 Mind Certain areas grow bigger as a mother bonds with her infant Nathan Collins March / April 2011 10.1038/scientificamericanmind0311-10a March 8, 2013 Health In response to my last post, which proposed that Transcendental Meditation and other cults might be exploiting the placebo effect, some readers cited studies supposedly showing that TM has therapeutic benefits... John Horgan August 25, 2011 Let me start by saying that I’m admittedly an economics fan. So much so that I nearly threw away my science and writing training and ran off into the sunset for an economics PhD. Cassie Rodenberg January 1, 2012 Mind Feelings edit and sculpt memories Ingfei Chen January/February 2012 10.1038/scientificamericanmind0112-24 Originally published as "A Feeling for the Past" in January/February 2012 January 1, 2004 Mind Anxieties can be strongly etched into the brain. But don't worry--researchers may find ways to erase them Rüdiger Vaas January 2004 10.1038/scientificamericanmind0104-62 September 12, 2014 Symbiartic Paintings by some fine artists can be used to thought-provoking effect as illustrations on news or blog posts about scientific advancements. Glendon Mellow November 1, 2015 Mind New research is unraveling how and why the elderly “choose happiness” Marta Zaraska Scientific American Mind Volume 26, Issue 6 10.1038/scientificamericanmind1115-64 Originally published as "The Positivity Effect" in Scientific American Mind Volume 26, Issue 6 December 22, 2003 Mind In the sci-fi thriller Paycheck, an engineer has his memory erased after completing a sensitive job. Scientific American.com spoke with a leading neurobiologist to find out just how close scientists are to controlling recall... JR Minkel September 28, 2011 Mind ASPEN. When I arrived at the Aspen Meadows Resort for the Second Annual Aspen Brain Forum last Thursday evening, Goldie Hawn was getting out of a vehicle near the entrance. Ingrid Wickelgren Support Science Journalism
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