How Misinformation Spreads–and Why We Trust It

The most effective misinformation starts with seeds of truth

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The Surprising Mental Toll of COVID

The rise in depression and anxiety is even worse than expected, especially among young adults

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Scale Up Tutoring to Combat COVID Learning Loss for Disadvantaged Students

Studies show impressive gains after even online tutoring

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People Drawn to Conspiracy Theories Share a Cluster of Psychological Features

Baseless theories threaten our safety and democracy. It turns out that specific emotions make people prone to such thinking

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Yoga May Bolster the Brain Regions Most Affected by Aging

Brain-scan studies hint that the ancient practice may benefit areas associated with memory, emotion and thinking

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What Does a Guilty Brain Look Like?

Behavioral biomarkers and the new science of neuroprediction

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What Conversations with Voters Taught Me about Science Communication

Even during a bitter election season, persuasive conversations were not only possible, but surprisingly attainable

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There’s No Good Evidence that Psychedelics Can Change Your Politics or Religion

The balance of data don’t support it, and claims otherwise could lead to alarmism

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In the Early Americas, Female Hunters Pursued Big Game, Study Suggests

Millennia-old burial sites show equal-opportunity hunting roles might have been commonplace

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Decoding a Disorder at the Interface of Mind and Brain

A mysterious condition once dismissed as hysteria is challenging the divide between neurology and psychiatry

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How Weight Bias May Affect Dogs and Their Owners

Dog and owner body weight can influence veterinarians’ perceptions

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Election Science Stakes: Technology

We wrap up our pre-election series with Scientific American senior editor Jen Schwartz, who talks about the possible effects of the election results on technology development and use. 

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Why Hatred and ‘Othering’ of Political Foes Has Spiked to Extreme Levels

The new political polarization casts rivals as alien, unlikable and morally contemptible

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Governments Worldwide Consider Ditching Daylight Saving Time

A pushback has arisen to seasonal clock changes that affect mood, sleep and general well-being

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Media Multitasking Disrupts Memory, Even in Young Adults

Simultaneous TV, texting and Instagram lead to memory-sapping attention lapses

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Conservative and Liberal Brains Might Have Some Real Differences

Scanners try to watch the red-blue divide play out underneath the skull

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The Science of Nerdiness

It’s a neurotransmitter thing

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The Psychology of Fact Checking

Fact checkers aim to get closer to the truth, but their biases can shroud the very truth they seek

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The Disturbing History of Research into Transgender Identity

Research into the determinants of gender identity may do more harm than good

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AI Assesses Alzheimer’s Risk by Analyzing Word Usage

New models used writing samples to predict the onset of the disease with 70 percent accuracy

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What We Know So Far about How COVID Affects the Nervous System

Neurological symptoms might arise from multiple causes. But does the virus even get into neurons?

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Hypnosis Experts Cast Doubt on Famous Psychological Experiments

Suggestibility may explain why people “feel” vicarious pain or sensation in a fake hand

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How the Best Forecasters Predict Events Such as Election Outcomes

Research reveals techniques that boost accuracy

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Presidential Debates Have Shockingly Little Effect on Election Outcomes

The upcoming debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump may be one of the least consequential in decades, experts say

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Helping Alzheimer’s Patients Bring Back Memories

Targeting recall processes could let people who are in the disease’s early stages access what they currently can’t remember

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Neuroscience and Psychology Suggest No Surprise Victory for Trump This Time

His inflammatory appeals are less likely to activate the same decision-making circuits as in 2016

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Has the Drug-Based Approach to Mental Illness Failed?

Journalist Robert Whitaker is more concerned than ever that psychiatric medications do more harm than good

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Moving in Sync Creates Surprising Social Bonds among People

Dancing, rowing and even finger tapping in unison unleash powerful forces in the brain that drive good feelings

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Magic Is (Literally) for the Birds

What conjuring techniques can reveal about animal cognition

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What if a Pill Can Change Your Politics or Religious Beliefs?

A new mental health treatment using the psychedelic compound psilocybin raises questions about medicine and values

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Climate Anxiety and Mental Illness

We don’t know for sure to what degree the former leads to the latter, but we need to be vigilant about the plausible connection

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Our Brain Is Better at Remembering Where to Find Brownies Than Cherry Tomatoes

Humans’ spatial recall makes mental notes about the location of high-calorie foods

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That Thoroughly-Used-Up Kind of Life

Living your best life doesn’t depend on wealth, or even happiness, but a rich and complex experience

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New Tinnitus Treatment Alleviates Annoying Ringing in the Ears

A noninvasive device designed to rewire brain circuits reduced symptoms of tinnitus in a large, exploratory clinical trial

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These Researchers are Putting Fly Babies into Virtual Reality

A new system called PiVR creates working artificial environments for small animals such as zebra fish larvae and fruit flies. Developers say the system’s affordability could help expand…

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How to Unlearn Racism

Implicit bias training isn’t enough. What actually works?

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The Science of America’s Dueling Political Narratives

Elections aren’t won on the basis of policies; they’re won on the basis of the stories each side tells about itself and its values

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We Learn Faster When We Aren’t Told What Choices to Make

The way we decide may even give insight into delusional thinking

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How to Narrow Achievement Gaps for Underrepresented Students

Techniques such as inclusive teaching can inspire “hyperpersistence”

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How Decoding Dyslexia Can Help Decode the Mind

Most people think it’s only a reading disorder—but it’s also a speech processing disorder

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Bird Brains Are Far More Humanlike Than Once Thought

The avian cortex had been hiding in plain sight all along. Humans were just too birdbrained to see it

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What Research in Antarctica Tells Us about the Science of Isolation

Over the past few months, the phrase “social distancing” has entered our lexicon. Many of us have found ourselves separated from family and friends—or at least from our normal…

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Does ‘Brain Training’ Actually Work?

An online citizen science project is recruiting 30,000 volunteers to assess whether exercises to improve memory and attention are valid—and if so, for whom

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The Masks We Wear to Survive

A gay, African-American physician relied on personas to endure his medical training

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We Need to Do More Research on Honesty

Scientists and philosophers know a lot about why we lie. Now let’s figure out how not to

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The U.S. Has an Empathy Deficit

Here’s what we can do about it

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How to Be a Mystical Materialist

Psychologist Susan Blackmore stays grounded in scientific skepticism while exploring the outer reaches of consciousness

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How to Be a Mystical Skeptic

Psychologist Susan Blackmore stays grounded in science while exploring the outer reaches of consciousness.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing Our Dreams

Anxiety about social distancing and infection is altering how much we dream and the nature of our dreams themselves

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How to Do Better for Your Middle School Student

In a new book, journalist Judith Warner offers compassionate advice for a difficult time—and suggests that parents are part of the problem

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