The Quiet after the Storm

After a year of living cautiously and more isolated, here’s how to resume public routines

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Electrodes That Stimulate the Brain Reveal the Roots of Conscious Experience

Applying electric currents reveals the function of varying brain regions and helps to alleviate neurological disorders

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Psychiatry Needs to Get Right with God

By not making more of an effort to incorporate spirituality in treatment, we are doing a disservice to patients

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Navigating a Virtual World Helped Older Adults’ Memory

A virtual-reality game may boost one long-term memory measure

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Trailblazing Transgender Doctor Saved Countless Lives

After transitioning in 1917, Alan L. Hart helped alter medical history

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News about Racial Violence Harms Black People’s Mental Health

Awaiting the Derek Chauvin verdict, an Atlanta man felt intense anxiety

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Pupil Size Is a Marker of Intelligence

There is a surprising correlation between baseline pupil size and several measures of cognitive ability

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The Rise of Neurotechnology Calls for a Parallel Focus on Neurorights

Chile is leading the way with a bill that offers protections against abuses and inequities that could arise from technologies that augment human capacities

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Injection of Light-Sensitive Proteins Restores Blind Man’s Vision

The first successful clinical test of optogenetics lets a person see for the first time in decades, with help from image-enhancing goggles

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Our Memory Is Even Better Than Experts Thought

In some respects, memory is poor. In others, it is astonishingly good

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The Supreme Court’s Assault on Science

A recent decision making it easier to sentence children to life without parole ignores what we know about the prefrontal cortex

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You Don’t Have to Start Young to Be a Great Musician

A new study refutes the idea that there is a critical learning period in childhood

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To the Brain, a Tool Is Just a Tool, Not a Hand Extension

Recent findings have implications for the design of prostheses. Care for a third thumb, anyone?

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The Pandemic’s Next Effect: A Giant Wave of Disabling Grief

COVID deaths are leaving millions bereaved. For some, the intense grief never recedes, making daily life almost impossible

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COVID Has Put the World at Risk of Prolonged Grief Disorder

COVID deaths are leaving millions bereaved. For some, the intense grief never recedes, making daily life almost impossible

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The Cause of America’s Post-Truth Predicament

People have been manipulated to think that beliefs needn’t change in response to evidence, making us more susceptible to conspiracy theories, science denial and extremism

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Autism and the Social Mind

Social cognitive neuroscience offers insights into the early course of brain development and its connections to autism spectrum disorder

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As Its Longest War Comes to an End, the U.S. Should Seek to End All Wars

Along with other nations, we should begin talking about how to put militarism behind us

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New Brain Implant Turns Visualized Letters into Text

The technology lets people with paralysis perform thought dictation at rates approaching the thumb speeds of texters

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MDMA Shows New Promise for Trauma, but the Drug Alone Is Not a Cure

The illegal substance—paired with intensive therapy and hard work—dramatically improves PTSD symptoms

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Damage to a Protective Shield around the Brain May Lead to Alzheimer’s and Other Diseases

The blood-brain barrier deteriorates with aging, but animal studies indicate repairs can make old brains look young again

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Disgust Can Be Morally Valuable

Repugnance at wrongs such as hatred, hypocrisy and cheating are reasonable, but in cases where it’s inappropriate, we can learn to control it

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The Pursuit of Resilience

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Adolescent Brains Are Wired to Want Status and Respect: That’s an Opportunity for Teachers and Parents

Advances in neuroscience and psychology could lead to real-world benefits in education and mental health

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Major Depressive Disorders Have an Enormous Economic Impact

Their prevalence has more than tripled during the pandemic, but the trends were already troubling long before it arrived

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Why Do People in Relationships Cheat?

A new study breaks down the reasons—they’re complicated

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‘Cave Syndrome’ Keeps the Vaccinated in Social Isolation

After a year away from friends and co-workers, people sometimes struggle to resume their public routines

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How Big Data Are Unlocking the Mysteries of Autism

Better genetic insights can help support people across the spectrum

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What It’s Like to Have Face Blindness during the Pandemic

Before COVID, I would often be embarrassed when I didn’t recognize someone while walking my dog. Not now

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The Deadly Consequences of Hypersexualizing Asian Women

A long history of racism and misogyny set the stage for recent violence, including a murderous “bad day” in Atlanta

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Coping Strategies of Ocean Castaways Hold Lessons for the COVID Pandemic

Shipwreck victims cast adrift for weeks or months exhibit a resilience that serves as a model to weather any extended crisis

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A Digital Obsession

How to feel less stressed and more empowered and to create a life of meaning—without your phone

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Students Who Gesture during Learning ‘Grasp’ Concepts Better

Hand movement appears to help in teaching about statistical models

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Politicians Don’t Get to Use ‘Science’ to Oppose the Equality Act

Research shows the bill will improve public health, and its “dangers” have been debunked

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Forecast or Remember: The Brain Must Choose One

Trying to predict a situation impedes memory formation

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A Pep Talk from Steven Pinker

Despite what we see in the headlines, the data-driven optimist thinks we should be grateful to live in the best era in humanity’s long, troubled history

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To Close the Gender Gap in Wages, We Need to Start Young

As early as third grade, girls ask for less than boys when negotiating

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Our Brain Typically Overlooks This Brilliant Problem-Solving Strategy

People often limit their creativity by continually adding new features to a design rather than removing existing ones

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Forgotten Memories of Traumatic Events Get Some Backing from Brain-Imaging Studies

A new wave of research seeks neurological signatures for a type of amnesia

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Why People Won’t Rethink Holiday Plans during a Pandemic

One reason: we’re deeply attached to familiar rituals

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Home Advantage Doesn’t Require Crowds, COVID Pro Soccer Matches Show

An assessment of games before and during the pandemic suggests that teams play better on their own turf even without crowd support

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Microaggressions: Death by a Thousand Cuts

The everyday slights, insults and offensive behaviors that people of marginalized groups experience in daily interactions cause real psychological harm

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Racial Disparities Have Been Found in Screening for Postpartum Mood Disorders

Tech-based solutions could offer hope

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To Achieve Mental Health Equity, Dismantle Social Injustice

Substance use disorders and other problems cannot be addressed from a position of willful ignorance about our society’s inequalities

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Loneliness Is a Public Health Problem: This Low-Tech Intervention Can Help

Phone calls may be integral to connecting with people who are lonely and isolated

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How ‘Good’ Social Movements Can Triumph over ‘Bad’ Ones

Social scientists have identified factors shaping the likelihood that emancipatory social movements will succeed in bringing tangible change

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Trans Girls Belong on Girls’ Sports Teams

There is no scientific case for excluding them

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Baby Talk and Lemur Chatter–but Not Birdsong–Help an Infant’s Brain Develop

Researchers probe the outer boundaries of what types of sounds human infants tune in to for building cognition

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Amanda Gorman, Poet Laureate and Gesturer Laureate

She shows us that gestures are not mere hand-waving; they can convey images that either magnify speech or even add new ideas not found in the spoken word

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We Need to Rename ADHD

Calling it a disorder falsely implies we know of a cause located in the brains of people diagnosed with ADHD—and we don’t

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