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Onetime party drug hailed as miracle for treating severe depression

It was November 2012 when Dennis Hartman, a Seattle business executive, managed to pull himself out of bed, force himself to shower for the first time in days and board a plane that would carry him across the country to a clinical trial at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in …

Depression

This Is the Difference Between Science and Pseudoscience

It’s not immediately clear, to the layman, what the essential difference is between science and something masquerading as science: pseudoscience. The …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks God, Aliens, And Multiverses

"Everything we know and love about the universe and all the laws of physics as they apply, apply to 4 percent of the universe. That's stunning."<p><i>EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story was published here.</i><p>Things are looking up for Neil deGrasse Tyson―<i>way</i> up. As the director of the Hayden …

West Side Story

It’s time we dispelled these myths about autism

These four misconceptions about autism are damaging and in desperate need of debunking, says Steve Silberman.<p>The history of autism is, in part, a history of myths: of myths enshrined as facts by medical experts, of myths shaping societal attitudes towards a highly complex condition, and eventually, …

Climate Change Is Not Our Fault

It's time to change the way we talk about climate change.<p>Political leaders have acknowledged human-driven (or "anthropogenic") global warming since 1964 (when President Lyndon Johnson mentioned it in a speech to Congress). Since then, however, we've done almost nothing to address its dangers. As …

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

Self-improvement

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

At that point, I was doing my PhD in molecular biology. So I just switched and started doing this research as a post-doc.<p><b>Q: How did you do the</b> …

Debunking myths about the teenage brain

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is just as fascinated by the links between neuroscience and education as she is outraged by the pseudo science that often …

These Five States Could Legalize Marijuana in 2016

On Friday, Nevada lawmakers adjourned without voting on a petition submitted by residents to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. That …

5 Reasons Optimists Make Better Leaders

How your brain processes failure determines whether you'll succeed in the future.<p>It's long been known to neuroscience that stressful situations trigger a fight/flight response. This is useful in life-threatening situations but less so in business, where a cool head works best in a crisis.<p>The …

The Persistent Myth of the Narcissistic Millennial

People are still lobbing the same accusations at Millennials, even though evidence shows they're not any more self-absorbed than their predecessors.<p>A few months ago, the news went viral that the American Psychiatric Association had classified “taking selfies” as a sign of a mental disorder. It lit …

9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes

Creativity is developed, not a birthright.<p>Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so <i>talented</i>," but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.<p>Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any …

Creativity