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Overview

Introduction
It's All Mental
by Karin Tucker
 

Section 1: Evolution of the Brain

1.1   How Has the Human Brain Evolved over Time?
        by John Hawks

1.2   Brain Size Has Increased for Most of Our Existence, So Why Has It Started to Diminish for the Past Few Thousand Years?
        by Christopher Stringer

1.3   Does Revenge Serve an Evolutionary Purpose?
        by Michael McCullough and Katherine Harmon


Section 2: Psychology & Mental Health

2.1   Can Stress Sometimes Prove Beneficial?
        by Ann S. Masten

2.2   Are People with Asperger’s “Different” from Everybody Else?
        by Simon Baron-Cohen

2.3   Why Is It Comforting to Discuss Problems with Others?
        by Dinah Miller

2.4   Does Confessing Secrets Improve Our Mental Health?
        by James W. Pennebaker

2.5   "Spring Fever" Is a Real Phenomenon
        by Christie Nicholson

2.6   Why Do Top Athletes Suddenly Develop “the Yips,” a Tendency to Choke under Pressure?
        by Jürgen Beckmann


Section 3: Behavior & Personality

3.1   Do Genes Make People Evil?
        by Daniel Lametti

3.2   Can a Sociopath Be Created through Brain Injury or Other Traumas?
        by Jeannine Stamatakis

3.3   Are Some Kids More Likely Than Others to Become Narcissists?
        by Aaron L. Pincus

3.4   Are People Inclined to Act Cooperatively or Selfishly? Is Such Behavior Genetic?
        by Ariel Knafo

3.5   Is It True That People Can Have a Midlife Crisis, or Is It a Myth?
        by David Almeida

3.6   Is Hypnosis Real, and Can It Be Used to Help People Fight Addiction or Lose Weight?
        by Grant Benham and Michael R. Nash

3.7   What Causes Someone to Act on Violent Impulses and Commit Murder?
        by Marco Iacoboni and Larry Greenemeier

3.8   Can People’s Personality Change for the Better after a Stroke? If So, Why?
        by Jon Stone

3.9   Why Do We Yawn?
        by Mark A. W. Andrews

3.10  Why Do We Want to Bite Cute Things, Like Adorable Newborn Babies?
        by Gwen Dewar


Section 4: Feelings & Emotions

4.1   Oxytocin Is the “Love Hormone”
        by Gary Stix

4.2   What Physiological Changes Can Explain the Honeymoon Phase of a Relationship?
        by Gary W. Lewandowski, Jr.

4.3   How Does the Brain React to a Romantic Breakup?
        by Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu

4.4   When People Have Their Feelings Hurt, What Happens in the Body to Cause Physical Chest Pain?
        by Robert Emery and Jim Coan

4.5   Why Do We Cry?
        by Oriana Aragón

4.6   Why Do We Find It Funny When Someone Falls Down?
        by William F. Fry

4.7   Why Do We Use Facial Expressions to Convey Emotions?
        by Mark A. W. Andrews

4.8   What Happens in the Brain When We Experience a Panic Attack?
        by Paul Li

4.9   Is Our Tendency to Experience Fear and Anxiety Genetic?
        by William R. Clark

4.10  Why Do We Develop Certain Irrational Phobias?
         by Katherina K. Hauner

4.11  Is a Bad Mood Contagious?
         by Gary W. Lewandowski, Jr.

4.12  How Do Painkillers Buffer against Social Rejection?
         by Jeannine Stamatakis

4.13  How Do Our Thoughts Influence Our Physical Sensations?
         by Jeannine Stamatakis

4.14  Why Are Games Like Sudoku So Mentally Satisfying?
         by Mark A. W. Andrews

4.15  Can Adults Improve Their Emotional Intelligence with Training?
         by John D. Mayer


Section 5: Pregnancy & the Brain

5.1   Does “Pregnancy Brain” Exist?
        by Laura Glynn

5.2   Does Postpartum Depression Serve an Evolutionary Purpose?
        by Edward H. Hagen

5.3   Can Fathers Get Postpartum Depression?
        by Katherine Harmon

5.4   Do Men Have a Biological Clock?
        by Anne Casselman

5.5   Can Newborns Bond to a “Mother” from a Different Species?
        by Rachel Dvoskin


Section 6: Sleep

6.1   What Happens in the Brain during Sleep?
        by John Peever and Brian J. Murray

6.2   Why Did Sleep Evolve?
        by Christopher French

6.3   What Is Sleep Paralysis, and Is It Rare?
        by Christopher French

6.4  Why Do Some People Sleepwalk?
        by Antonio Oliviero

6.5   Could Waking a Sleepwalker Kill Them?
        by Robynne Boyd

6.6   Do the Typical Sleep Schedules of Elderly People Have a Physiological Benefit, or Do They Reflect Generational Trends?
        by Michael V. Vitiello

6.7   Does Napping Really Help Cognitive Function?
        by Kimberly Cote

6.8   Why Am I Sometimes Awakened in the Night by Explosions in My Head?
        by Randolph W. Evans


Section 7: Dreams

7.1   Less Sleep Means More Dreams
        by Christie Nicholson

7.2   How Do We “See” with Our Eyes Closed When We Are Dreaming?
        by Robert O. Duncan

7.3   When Do Human Beings Start to Dream?
        by Paul Li

7.4   How Can You Control Your Dreams?
        by Deirdre Barrett and Jordan Lite

7.5   What Processes in the Brain Allow You to Remember Dreams?
        by Deirdre Barrett


Section 8: Our Animal Friends

8.1   Do Dogs Have Mirror Neurons?
        by Ádám Miklósi

8.2   Does Introversion Exist among Nonhuman Primates?
        by Hani Freeman

8.3   Do Animals Recognize Themselves?
        by Marc Bekoff


Section 9: Miscellany

9.1   People Say They Don’t Like Negative Political Ads, but Do They Work?
        by Donald Green

9.2   Why Do I Get a Slump in Mental Energy after Eating a Meal?
        by Paul Li

9.3   Can We Prevent Addiction Using Vaccines?
        by Ronald Crystal

9.4   What Brain Activity Can Explain Suspension of Disbelief?
        by Norman N. Holland

9.5   Do We Have a Dominant Eye?
        by Mark A.W. Andrews

9.6   Are Lefties Physically or Psychologically More Vulnerable?
        by Stephen Christman

9.7   Why Can Looking at the Sun Trigger a Sneeze?
        by Karen Schrock