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The Neural Magic of Hypnotic Suggestion

A new review of the scientific literature studying hypnosis, in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, by Oakley and Halligan, discusses the potential for hypnosis to provide insights into brain mechanisms involved in attention, motor control, pain perception, beliefs and volition and also to produce informative analogues of clinical conditions.

July 29, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Who Moved My Garden? Spatial Learning in the Octopus

Say you’re visiting Los Angeles and you have a sudden craving for Chinese food. Since you are only visiting, you might not be aware that nothing is open past, like, 10pm (not even coffee houses), but you get in your rental car and go driving around in search of your Chinese feast anyway.

April 28, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

How Do You Figure Out How Chimps Learn? Peanuts.

What is culture? One simple definition might be: a distinctive behavior shared by two or more individuals, which persists over time, and that ignorant individuals acquire through socially-aided learning.

May 12, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monday Pets: Cold Blooded Cognition

She: “What are you writing about?” Me: “Cognition in cold-blooded animals.” She: “Hot.” Most people who study cognition focus on mammals or birds.

June 28, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monday Pets: How Do Dogs Learn New Words?

…and what can word-learning in dogs teach us about the evolution of language in humans? What is involved in the learning of a single new word?

May 10, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

The Science of Growing Smarter with Annie Murphy Paul

Science writer Annie Murphy Paul’s fresh perspective on intelligence and personality prompt a heart-to-heart about learning, intelligence assessments, growth mindsets and rethinking intelligence.

November 24, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

28 Santa-Approved Dog Science Articles

Can't believe so-and-so said that in front of everyone? Is it time for a break from members of your own species? The dogs are here to help.

December 25, 2014 — Julie Hecht
Bumblebees Are More Flexible Than We Knew

Bumblebees Are More Flexible Than We Knew

I recently wrote about how bumblebees were able to perform some seemingly impressive feats, although the underlying reason they could do so was relatively simple.

May 16, 2014 — Felicity Muth
Astrophysics, Citizen Science and the Google Science Fair

Astrophysics, Citizen Science and the Google Science Fair

Find out why Oxford University astrophysicist and founder of The Zooniverse Chris Lintott believes that humanity’s ability to be “deliciously distractable” is a creative engine powering the benefits of citizen science for discovery–and how, if you are a researcher, you might like to “play with your phyiscs.” With Google Student Ambassador Hanne Paine, we had [...]

March 7, 2014 — Mariette DiChristina

How to Avoid the Self-Esteem Trap

I have always assumed that having a strong sense of self-worth was important. I figured it made a person happier, healthier, more successful, and easier to be around.

August 9, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Neuroscience in Fiction: Crux, by Ramez Naam

Crux (Angry Robot Books) is an outstanding speculative fiction adventure. It combines the very highest level of neuroscientific reality with plausible neuroscience fiction that is very well thought through.

August 9, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

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.

July 2, 2014 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Google Science Fair Hangout On Air: Meet the Deep-Sea-Diving Exosuit

Google Science Fair Hangout On Air: Meet the Deep-Sea-Diving Exosuit

Scientists studying marine life now have a new tool in a next-generation atmospheric diving system called the Exosuit. The suit–which looks like something an astronaut would wear and is on display at the American Museum of Natural History until March 5–lets a diver descend to 1,000 feet at surface pressure for several hours.

February 27, 2014 — Mariette DiChristina

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