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      December 28, 2010Mind & Brain

      Self-Reported Empathy Dropped over Last 30 Years

      Analysis of some 14,000 college student surveys over the last three decades finds that self-reported levels of empathy for others have decreased. Steve Mirsky reports
      February 23, 2017Space & Physics

      Absorb the Shock!

      An engineering activity
      November 1, 2021Book

      Existence and Other Questions: Selected Works of John Horgan

      Does free will exist? Is the Schrödinger Equation True? How does matter make a mind? In his Scientific American column, John Horgan takes a scientific approach to exploring mysteries such as these, and in this eBook, we collect some of his most thought-provoking work on consciousness, quantum mechanics, the science of psychedelic drugs and more...
      Existence and Other Questions: Selected Works of John HorganExistence and Other Questions: Selected Works of John Horgan
      February 1, 2017Space & Physics

      Cosmic Inflation Theory Faces Challenges

      The latest astrophysical measurements, combined with theoretical problems, cast doubt on the long-cherished inflationary theory of the early cosmos and suggest we need new ideas
      November 18, 2013Book

      The Secrets of Consciousness

      Consciousness is more than mere awareness. It’s how we experience the world, how we turn input into experience. Once the province of philosophy, religion or perhaps fantasy, neuroscientists have added a scientific voice to the discussion, using available medical technology to explore just what separates so-called “mind” from brain. In this eBook, we look at what science has to say about one of humankind’s most fundamental, existential mysteries...
      The Secrets of ConsciousnessThe Secrets of Consciousness
      October 9, 2012Neuroscience

      Instant Egghead - What Is the Ames Illusion?

      In 1934, ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames, Jr. devised a room that pushes the boundaries of human perception. Visit a virtual version of the now famous Ames room as Scientific American MIND editor Ingrid Wickelgren explains how it works...
      Instant Egghead - What Is the Ames Illusion?
      June 3, 2020Behavior

      How to Recognize and Avoid Common Thinking Traps

      Your clever brain can work overtime building worst-case scenarios. Here’s how to recognize and avoid common thinking traps so you don't get stuck
      October 31, 2008Environment

      Ground Can Bounce in Earthquakes

      In an earthquake, the light soil and tough crust layers combine to make it possible for the ground to bounce. Cynthia Graber reports
      September 1, 2009Mind & Brain

      Readers Respond on "Knowing Your Chances"--And More...

      Letters to the editor about the April/May/June 2009 issue of Scientific American MIND
      October 15, 2014Mental Health

      Is It Good or Bad to Zone Out, Space Out or Daydream?

      Whether you call it zoning out, spacing out or daydreaming, we spend up to 47 percent of our waking lives letting our minds wander. This week, the Savvy Psychologist explains why mind wandering happens, when it’s good, when it’s bad—and how it might even lead to your own "Eureka!" moment...
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