The drug modafinil was recently found to enhance cognition in healthy people. Should you take it to get a raise?
A new study shows that a healthy mood can spread through friend groups.
When two objects that shouldn’t go together somehow click, they provide a serendipitous moment of order in a world that’s mostly chaos.
How you arrange the plot points of your life into a narrative can shape who you are—and is a fundamental part of being human.
Be kind, show understanding, do good—but, some scientists say, don’t try to feel others’ pain.
The search for answers often leads to more questions. Notes from Spotlight Health.
A new memoir explores the little-studied phenomenon of alcohol-induced amnesia and the culture of drinking that downplays its dangers.
A nationally watched gay-conversion trial exposes the dark world of unregulated counseling, where people calling themselves “life coaches” get away with practically anything.
A trial in New Jersey this week will determine whether telling gay people that they can become straight constitutes consumer fraud. The ruling might mean the end of so-called “conversion therapies” for good.
We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.
A new study suggests depression is an early manifestation of the neurodegenerative disease, not just a byproduct of being chronically ill.
A new study finds that thinking about far-off events in terms of days, rather than years, makes people get started sooner.
The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions
A neuroscientist discusses a new White House report on ethical questions for the future of human brain research.
Reduced sounds, brighter lights, and an opportunity to learn about the show ahead of time make plays a more pleasant experience for those with autism. But the most important thing is a non-judgmental environment.
Many patients post photos of their meals and changing bodies to document their recovery—and in the process, some have found an online community of supporters.
How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking
News reports are focusing on the Germanwings pilot's possible depression, following a familiar script in the wake of mass killings. But the evidence shows violence is extremely rare among the mentally ill.
A new study reports that the virus can infiltrate the central nervous system within months of infection.
Most of the time, we do better on tasks when we're most awake. But some problems require a mind that's just a bit tired—or otherwise impaired.