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When people are in need of medical care, recent research says they’re less likely to recognize physicians’ interiority.
J.K. Rowling’s investigation of her villain’s mind echoes the intrigue of a true-crime serial-killer profile.
An emerging theory takes principles from quantum physics and applies them to psychology.
People are not generally great at detecting deception, but new research shows that discussing with others makes a big difference.
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.