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Literally Psyched

Conceived in literature, tested in psychology

Happy first birthday, SciAm blogs!

Today, the Scientific American blog network turns one. Happy birthday! To celebrate, we've decided to turn the tables a bit on you, our readers, by taking a page from Ed Yong: for the last four years, Ed has asked his readers to tell him a bit about themselves and why they are reading his blog...

July 5, 2012 — Maria Konnikova

Room for magic: A conversation with Lyndsay Faye

In 1845, New York City saw the establishment of its first ever police department. It’s hard to imagine how the city had managed to survive—and thrive—without one – and harder still to think how it would have continued to do so after the influx of Irish immigrants from the Great Famine...

June 28, 2012 — Maria Konnikova

If we remember more, can we read deeper-and create better? Part I.

I’m clawing away at the wall of the Rubin Museum of Art (fourth floor). And so are all the people around me. You’d think we were, for some rather strange reason, imitating a group of rabid squirrels as they make their way en masse up some hefty tree trunk...

June 1, 2012 — Maria Konnikova

The Innate Irresistibility of Film

When I was seven years old, my mom took me to see Curly Sue . Though I don’t remember much of the movie, two scenes made quite the impression: the first, when James Belushi asks Alisan Porter to hit him on the head with a baseball bat, and the second, when Bill, Sue, and Grey sit in the 3-D movie theater.At first glance, that second one doesn’t seem to pack quite the same punch--insert pun grimace here--as a little girl swinging a huge bat at a man’s forehead...

April 15, 2012 — Maria Konnikova

Hunters of Myths: Why Our Brains Love Origins

A stylized apple with a bite taken out of its right side: chances are, even if you don’t own a single Apple product, you would still recognize the ubiquitous logo.

April 7, 2012 — Maria Konnikova

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