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The Importance of Being Social

Guest Blog by Leonard Mlodinow*One advantage of belonging to a cohesive society in which people help each other is that the group is often better equipped than a set of individuals to deal with threats from the outside...

April 24, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Want to Change Your Life? This Movie Might Inspire You

People V. The State of Illusion, a new docudrama from Samuel Goldwyn Films, is a mixture of fiction and brain science that, despite these awkward bedfellows, was compelling enough to keep me up late on a Friday night...

March 23, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

One Man's Mission to Save Struggling Students

VANCOUVER. You could call his classroom a rescue mission. Each September, Tyson Schoeber takes under his wing 15 fourth through seventh graders that normal classrooms have left behind, defeated and too often, deflated...

March 19, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

More Surprises about the Mind

Following on my last blog, here are more telling tidbits from the March/April issue of Scientific American Mind. Smelling the past...

February 29, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Surprising Truths about How We Think and Act

As an editor at Scientific American Mind, I get a sneak peak at a menu of surprises about us—people, that is—that each issue has to offer. As the March/April Mind makes its debut, I wanted to share my favorite brain food from its cognitive kitchen...

February 21, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Success in 7 Short Steps

People who succeed in their jobs and in life are typically blessed with a special blend of four qualities: efficacy (self-confidence), resilience, hope and optimism.

February 14, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

What You Need to Succeed and How to Find Out If You Have It

Whether you succeed at work may depend on many factors—intelligence, empathy, self-control, talent and persistence, to name a few. But one determinant may outweigh many of these: how you perceive those around you...

February 8, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Can Money Buy Self-Esteem?

Sellers have long charged a premium for objects that confer some kind of social status, even if they offer few, if any, functional benefits over cheaper products.

January 17, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

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