Is Häagen-Dazs ice cream as addictive as heroin? Or, put another way, is heroin as addictive as Häagen-Dazs?
There are only a lucky few among us who can’t relate to the intense pain of being rejected by a significant other. If a breakup is unexpected, it’s all the more painful — it can hurt with such intensity that you can’t …
Psychologist Jesse Bering is best known for his often risqué (and sometimes NSFW) Bering in Mind blog for Scientific American, which examines human behavior — frequently of the sexual sort. But he’s also the director of the …
Family history is a key risk factor for Alzheimer’s, and now a new study adds to the evidence that the risk of the disease is greater if you have it on your mother’s side than on your father’s.
Contrary to popular opinion, people who say they are still madly in love with their spouses after more than two decades are not crazy. At least, some of them aren’t. And in answer to your next question, apparently they’re not lying either.
Physicians have long believed that some form of deception is essential to the placebo effect: after all, if you tell people that you’re giving them a fake drug, why would they respond by getting better?
Scientists are always trying to discover genetic origins of disease, and this week, one team announced a significant breakthrough.
Adderall, Ritalin and other “smart drugs” have become popular among college students and young professionals, who use them to enhance performance.
To the average observer, it would seem that 44-year-old patient “SM” was just another typical mother of three: she scores normally on IQ tests, has good language skills and a decent memory.
Deciding to remove a loved one from life support is a heart-wrenching decision. But for families of eligible organ donors, their decision has an even wider impact — there are 108,725 people currently waiting for organs for …
On the whole, brain scans shore up what we’ve known all along about our emotions: some are positive and some are negative.
Are you sitting down? A British researcher has proposed a new form of reflexology — one based on the notion that the sensations of the body are mapped onto the buttocks, just as they are in the brain, where they can more …
The idea of pricking your body with needles in order to relieve pain seems nothing if not counterintuitive, but thousands of acupuncture patients swear the treatments are effective in addressing pain of all kinds.