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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
How To Coach Parents [Audio]

How To Coach Parents [Audio]

Most moms and dads are not taught how to parent. We are supposed to just know what to do, I suppose. But even if you have a relatively calm and obedient child, moments inevitably arise when you could really use an owners manual.

February 13, 2014 — Ingrid Wickelgren

A horse is a horse, of course of course

In general, the ability to attribute attention to others seems important: it allows an animal to notice the presence of other individuals (whether conspecifics, prey, or predators) as well as important locations or events by following the body orientation or eyegaze of others.

July 26, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Art and Science Team Up To Steal Your Attention With Magic

Artist Ellen Levy teamed up with neuroscientist Michael E. Goldberg, Director of the Mahoney Center for Brain and Behavior at Columbia University in New York, to apply the concept of change blindness to an interactive art installation.

November 22, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Multitasking, pickpockets and hubris

One consequence of my laboratory's collaboration with stage pickpocket Apollo Robbins is that I am often asked for strategies to thwart pickpockets in the real world.

September 19, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up?

Quick Quiz: Which of the following are signs of introversion? Highly sensitive Deep Thinker Reflective Introspective Intelligent Negative emotions Socially Anxious Defensive Vulnerable Always prefers solitude over social interaction Answer: Not a single one.

June 9, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman
Cultivate Your Character [Video]

Cultivate Your Character [Video]

The term "character" has numerous and widely varied meanings. It defines each of these letters and symbols I am typing. It can be used to refer to features of wines, and it captures fictional folks in movies in books.

March 20, 2014 — Ingrid Wickelgren