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How to spot a murderer's brain

In 1987, Adrian Raine, who describes himself as a neurocriminologist, moved from Britain to the US. His emigration was prompted by two things. The first was a sense of banging his head against a wall. Raine, who grew up in Darlington and is now a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was a …

The devil you know: inside the world of a psychopathic scientist

James Fallon has the biology of a stone-cold killer — and he would know<p>James Fallon is a happily married father of three, an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, the founder of several successful biotech companies, and a scientific advisor to the US Department of …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Students describe their theses in a single self-mocking sentence

"Summing up years of work in one sentence." That's the tagline for Lol My Thesis, where PhD candidates (Edit: and undergrads) make fun of their own …

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The Shape of Your Head and the Shape of Your Mind

How the archaic study of brain shape and head reading — the origin of terms like “highbrow” and “lowbrow,” “well rounded,” and “shrink” — shaped the modern obsession with the mind. One reason phrenology attracted so many followers was that it seemed to provide the toolbox for the American dream.<p>To …

fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside! 

fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside!

The changing face of psychology

In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – that is, a staggering 97% of published papers were underpinned by statistically significant effects. Where, he …

Dopamine and Teenage Logic

Young minds are often portrayed as stews of hormones and impulse; but the decisions they make are often deeply rational and deserving of greater consideration.<p>I once counseled a 17-year-old, I’ll call her Katey, who admitted that she had planned to get “completely smashed” at a school-related …