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Your Brain on Thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It may not have the cache of winter holidays or the Cash! Yay! of a birthday, but it is the best feel-good holiday of the year.

November 27, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik
Tis the season to be flossing: beware of dentistry illusions

Tis the season to be flossing: beware of dentistry illusions

Researchers recommend that dentists and other health practitioners receive training in illusion awareness (my words, not theirs), so that they may counteract these and related perceptual effects...

December 26, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde
Do Octopuses Feel Pain?

Do Octopuses Feel Pain?

The past couple posts have described some pretty severe experiments on octopuses, including: showing how octopus arms can grow back after inflicted damage and how even severed octopus arms can react to stimuli...

August 30, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
The Color of Pain

The Color of Pain

Want to know an effective way to reduce pain from burns? Cover the affected red area, so you are unable to look at it. Ideally, use a blue bandage.

August 15, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Pain is an emotion

Our new column in Scientific American Mind is out today and it's about the illusory nature of pain, and how pain perception and severity varies with mood and circumstances.

August 8, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Neuroscience in Fiction: The Princess Bride

The novel is a wonderful read, but something that I hadn't expected is that the plot would revolve so much around the topic of pain, both psychological and physical.

August 3, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Emotional bees

Whether animals feel emotion, and are capable of suffering, is a question the answer to which has far-reaching implications. I recently read Victoria Braithwaite's `Do Fish Feel Pain?', a question that I didn't worry about much until reading this book, but now bothers me a lot more...

June 27, 2011 — Felicity Muth
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