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The Hidden Power of Others Over You [Video]

The Hidden Power of Others Over You [Video]

        // 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.

April 29, 2014 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Take Care of Your Brainand Your Friendships

Take Care of Your Brainand Your Friendships

Fighting back emotion, Tony Dorsett, the former Dallas Cowboys running back, told ESPN last fall: Its painful, man, for my daughters to say theyre scared of meits painful.

January 7, 2014 — Ingrid Wickelgren
The Search for a Nobel Prize-Winning Synapse Machine

The Search for a Nobel Prize-Winning Synapse Machine

2013s Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine honors three researchers in particular – but what it really honors is thirty-plus years of work not only from them, but also from their labs, their graduate students and their collaborators.

December 10, 2013 — Ben Thomas

Can Synesthesia in Autism Lead to Savantism?

Daniel Tammet has memorized Pi to the 22,514th digit. He speaks ten different languages, including one of his own invention, and he can multiply enormous sums in his head within a matter of seconds.

December 4, 2013 — Dana Smith
Catching Ourselves in the Act of Thinking

Catching Ourselves in the Act of Thinking

From 1934 to 1970, Louie Mayer worked as a cook and housekeeper for writers Virginia and Leonard Woolf at their home in Rodmell, England. Her very first day on the job, she noticed something strange.

November 18, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
The Ancient Marriage between Music, Movement and Mood

The Ancient Marriage between Music, Movement and Mood

Think back to that moment when you first heard your favorite song. What about it made you stop in your tracks? Was it the incessant buildup, soaring high, filling you with a sense of elation?

November 18, 2013 — Shelly Fan
How I Recovered My Social Skills after Schizophrenia

How I Recovered My Social Skills after Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia can seriously impair the ability to relate to people, but with effort, a degree of normalcy can be attained. As someone who lives with schizophrenia, this is glaringly obvious to me.

October 24, 2013 — Michael Hedrick

Plenty of Pheromones in the Sea

As we sat in my car outside a silent movie theater in Los Angeles, my friend anxiously opened a plastic bag containing a white T-shirt she’d slept in for the past three nights.

December 6, 2013 — Julia Calderone

OOPS! Basic Anatomy Wrong in National Campaign Announcing $50m Gift

From the Department of Convoluted University Bureaucracies and the Havoc They Wreak, I bring you an example of why Certified Medical Illustrators are worth every penny you spend on them: If you opened up The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, or The Boston Globe this week you might have seen a [...]

April 2, 2015 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Journey Through the Brain: Multiphoton Microscopy

Journey Through the Brain: Multiphoton Microscopy

It's a Saturday and you're on vacation, looking out over the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean from the windy cliffs of Big Sur. You breathe in cool, fresh salty air.

September 25, 2014 — Amy Robinson

Science and Art Exhibits To Launch 2015

The number of exhibits combining science and art in some capacity has grown steadily since I began blogging about them in 2011. With exhibits in galleries and museums across the country, there’s something for everyone.

January 12, 2015 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Calorie-burning fat and your brain

Calorie-burning fat and your brain

If you follow obesity news, you may have heard of a type of energy-burning "good fat" known as brown fat, which scientists think may have potential to battle a growing epidemic of excess body fat.

October 29, 2014 — Julianne Wyrick

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