Saturday August 27, 2005

Scientific American Mind

We have begun a subscription to a new quarterly magazine, Scientific American Mind. The first issue arrived last week and I read it cover to cover. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in how the mind works.

Some of the feature articles in the first issue include:

  • Natural-Born Liars — Why do we lie, and why are we so good at it? Because it works

  • Sweet Dreams Are Made of This — What are dreams? Why do we have them? The answers are as intriguing as dreams themselves

  • True Crimes, False Confessions — How innocent people end up confessing to crimes they did not commit

  • The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis — Though often denigrated as fakery, hypnosis is a real phenomenon with therapeutic uses

  • Signing Gets a Scientific Voice — Sign language is as rich and complex as spoken communication, probably because the brain creates and deciphers it in the same way

  • Buy This — Companies spend billions on marketing campaigns, but neuroscientists could someday determine which ads best capture consumers' attention

Interesting reading.

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