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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

So yea, you know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, colorful, vivid, and poetic?

August 19, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

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
Self-Controlled Crows Ace the Marshmallow Test

Self-Controlled Crows Ace the Marshmallow Test

Are four treats better than two? Not if you're a crow picking a favorite snack. Crows and ravens hold off on gobbling a tidbit when they can see a better one coming after a short wait.

March 10, 2014 — Jyoti Madhusoodanan
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

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

How Our Brains Process Books

We all know how it feels to get lost in a great book. Sometimes the characters and emotions can seem every bit as real as those of our everyday lives.

November 26, 2014 — Ben Thomas

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

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

Goldie Hawn Plunges into Brain Science

ASPEN. When I arrived at the Aspen Meadows Resort for the Second Annual Aspen Brain Forum last Thursday evening, Goldie Hawn was getting out of a vehicle near the entrance.

September 28, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer

As computers have matured over time, the human brain has no way of keeping up with silicon’s rapid-fire calculating abilities. But the human cognitive repertoire extends far beyond just fast calculations.

August 8, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier

The Serious Need for Play

Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed

January 1, 2014 — Melinda Wenner Moyer

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