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Return to Reason: The Science of Thought

Return to Reason: The Science of Thought

Why do facts fail to change people’s minds? In this eBook, we examine how we form our beliefs and maintain them with a host of cognitive biases, the difference between intelligence and thinking rationally and some solutions for how to overcome these obstacles both in reasoning with others and in dealing with our own prejudices...

September 3, 2018
The Reading Brain

The Reading Brain

Do you enjoy reading books? Reading is one of the unique activities that only humans do, and we have not been doing it for that long! People have been practicing spoken communication using a language system with grammatical rules for at least 100,000 years...

May 12, 2015 — Tanja Kassuba & Sabine Kastner

An Optical Illusion As Seen By a Fish

Visual illusions are fun: we know with our rational mind that, for example, these lines are parallel to each other, yet they don't appear that way.

February 28, 2015 — Felicity Muth

A Hubble Telescope for the Mind

This blog is the second in a series of guest posts on technology and the brain to celebrate Scientific American Mind’s 10-year anniversary.

October 21, 2014 — Hillel Adesnik

Brilliance Often Springs from Boredom

Every so often, we face a job we dread because it seems exceedingly dull. As a child, I felt that way about household chores—scrubbing a toilet, sweeping a floor, wiping a countertop, weeding...

September 11, 2014 — Ingrid Wickelgren
How Do Our Brains Remember? [Video]

How Do Our Brains Remember? [Video]

Each of us has a unique experience on this earth. A major reason for that is the buildup of our memories over time, which forms the ongoing narrative that we know as our life.

August 20, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Multitask at Your Own Risk

Editor’s note: Brain Basics from Scientific American Mind is a series of short video primers on the brain and how we feel, think and act. Below is a synopsis of the eighth video in the series written by a guest on this blog, Roni Jacobson, a science journalist based in New York City.By Roni JacobsonEvery waking moment, you are making judgments about where to focus your attention...

July 2, 2014 — Ingrid Wickelgren
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