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Mad or Machine?

Mad or Machine?

How Modern Technology Shapes and Mirrors Delusional Beliefs
by Meera Lee Sethi
Imagine the following: You’re a psychiatrist. A man comes to see you who believes his every movement, action, and word are being recorded by Chinese spies. They aim to kidnap and/or…

If I May Be So BOLD: How Charisma Can Make You Hand Over Your Brain
If I May Be So BOLD: How Charisma Can Make You Hand Over Your Brain
Who would you let take over your thoughts?
by Meera Lee Sethi
Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur
Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur
Being a Statistical Analysis of Graffiti Found at the University of Chicago Library
by Quinn Dombrowski
Women’s Fliberation
Women’s Fliberation
Will Big Pharma's female libido-booster Flibanserin enliven ailing sex lives—or handcuff women to another daily pill?
by Tania Rabesandratana
Turning a Blind Eye to Blindness
Turning a Blind Eye to Blindness
The damage to their visual cortex means there's no way these patients can see. Why do they deny they're blind?
by Meera Lee Sethi
The Promise and Perils of Brain Massage
The Promise and Perils of Brain Massage
Deep brain stimulation offers hope to many patients, but changing the brain’s signals can have unintended effects.
by Meera Lee Sethi
Nurture Your Inner Psychic - No Paranormal Powers Required!
Nurture Your Inner Psychic - No Paranormal Powers Required!
How everyday mind reading skills help us navigate - or get lost in - the stormy landscape of human interactions
by Meera Lee Sethi
What Ever Happened to Baby Albert?
What Ever Happened to Baby Albert?
What happens when megalomanaical psychologists are allowed to experiment on babies with no ethical review board.
by Bryn Robinson
The (Real) Sound of Silence
The (Real) Sound of Silence
Science shows what we all instinctively know: pauses in music speak loudly to the brain.
by Meera Lee Sethi
Science’s Beef With A Beard
Science’s Beef With A Beard
All the most illustrious scientists had them. So why are they such bad news in the lab?
by Anne Casselman
Of Stress and Periods
Of Stress and Periods
Your psychological well being is probably not the key to fertility.
by Anne Holden
The Calculus of Saying “I Love You”
The Calculus of Saying “I Love You”
Why you should never date man who knows more math than you.
by Anna Gosline
Miscarriage
Miscarriage
Sadly, one more thing to expect when you're expecting
by Heather K. Allen
Who Needs a Grandpa?
Who Needs a Grandpa?
The powerful helping hand of grandmothers has shaped human lifespan, but grandfathers were too busy scoring chicks.
by Anne Holden
The Evolution of the White Mustache
The Evolution of the White Mustache
Our love of milk goes back thousands of years. But today, does it do a body any more good than bad?
by Megha Satyanarayana
Funny, I Only Like Him When He’s Upwind
Funny, I Only Like Him When He’s Upwind
Surreptitious odors may be the key to wild and sexy behavior in fruit flies, mice, and people
by Anne Holden
Book Club: The Female Brain, by Louann Brizendine
Book Club: The Female Brain, by Louann Brizendine
Louann Brizendine's book "The Female Brain" frankly pisses Sandra Kiume off. Here's why.
by Sandra Kiume
This is Your Teenager’s Brain on Drugs
This is Your Teenager’s Brain on Drugs
Some antidepressants developed for adults can turn dangerous when they're prescribed for the under-24 crowd. Kind of.
by Jennifer Taylor
On the Origin of Grandmas
On the Origin of Grandmas
They pinch your cheeks, knit you sweaters and feed you mountains of mashed potatoes. Is that why you're still alive?
by Anne Holden
Confessions of a Failed Mathlete
Confessions of a Failed Mathlete
Why brains go boom during stressful math tests
by Megha Satyanarayana
The Epidemiology of Love
The Epidemiology of Love
Studies indicate that yeah, it cuts like a knife. But it feels so right.
by Anna Gosline
“That Time” in Evolutionary History
“That Time” in Evolutionary History
No one really knows why primates signed up for the Monthly Subscription
by Matthew Bettelheim
A Rose by Any Other Name Would Look as Red
A Rose by Any Other Name Would Look as Red
Human brains seem to calibrate color vision against a standard, making up for differences in eye hardware.
by Khalil A. Cassimally
Baby’s Blues Call Cheatin’ Moms
Baby’s Blues Call Cheatin’ Moms
Do blue-eyed men prefer blue-eyed women so they can detect the offspring of an adultering mate?
by Matthew Bettelheim
Babies Renounce Racial Profiling
Babies Renounce Racial Profiling
Infants learn to ignore differences between faces of races rarely encountered. So why are they so good with monkey faces?
by Katie Yoshida
The Genetics of Your Hairdo
The Genetics of Your Hairdo
A little gene called Frizzled-6 is the key to your coif
by Mason Inman
You are what you listen to
You are what you listen to
Gay men like musicals, the rich love opera and hip-hoppers are libertarians
by Tania Rabesandratana
The Chronicle of Obstreperous Hypotheses: Are Humans Going to Speciate?
The Chronicle of Obstreperous Hypotheses: Are Humans Going to Speciate?
You bet your teeth-whitening toothpaste they are!
by Christopher Mims
Eau de Daddy Means Later Periods
Eau de Daddy Means Later Periods
The pheromones produced by biological fathers may influence a girl's sexual maturity
by Tania Rabesandratana
What You Don’t Know You Know
What You Don’t Know You Know
Even if you don’t know it, your brain clocks things like naked ladies and muggers at breakneck speed.
by Mason Inman