The words “neurodiversity” and “neurodivergent” are being used widely, from workplace initiatives to social media. But what do they really signify?
The word rarely means “laugh out loud” anymore, but you probably knew that lol.
The study of false—sober—insights teaches us to be wary of accepting every realization from psychedelic trips without critical thinking.
Pharmaceutical patents are used to extend monopolies, leading to high drug prices, and reduced access. Will the psychedelic industry follow suit?
Some advocates claim that widespread psychedelic use will change the world for the better. But it’s not so simple.
When happiness is your number one goal, achieving it is almost impossible.
Everyone from Silicon Valley billionaires to self-help enthusiasts is repurposing Stoicism for our modern age, with results that are good, bad, and highly indifferent.
A life of leisure was once the aspiration of the upper class. But now, bragging about busyness is how people indicate their status. Could a pandemic change the way busyness is glorified?
"He eats bread and drinks beer but it does not go well for him, then says, ‘Oh, my heart!’ and is dejected."
Most people believe they have a "true self" deep down that is fundamentally morally good. They don't, but the belief affects the way everyone behaves and sees the world.
Bunny is more than an internet celebrity, she is part of the latest attempt to research the limits of animal cognition.
Evidence suggests that there are real benefits of talking to yourself in the third person—in your head, not out loud.
The possible explanations could help us better understand the condition.
U.S. counties above 4,000 feet have twice the suicides as counties at 2,000 feet. Is it because there's less oxygen in the air, or is something else going on?
It may have been sweetened, heated, filtered, and turned into a fraud—and the entire agricultural system is at risk as a result.
As more people become interested in trying psychedelics, spa-like retreats are popping up all over the world. Should people with mental health issues feel safe trying them?
“I knew that I was myself. And that something really bad had happened.”
As long as it took you to read that headline. Or shorter. Or it might not exist at all.
The degrowth movement wants to intentionally shrink the economy to address climate change, and create lives with less stuff, less work, and better well-being. But is it a utopian fantasy?
Joel Salinas can literally feel his patients' pain. But as scientists are learning, there's more to empathy than just mirroring someone else.
Kevin Esvelt came up with a way to use gene editing for gene drives, a technology that could change the ecological fate of the whole world. How does one scientist deal with the potential ramifications of his own creation?
The importance of maintaining "face" in Asian cultures goes back thousands of years. In the US, where Asian Americans also grapple with a rampant high-achiever stereotype, people are suffering silently.
The condition was formerly known as “multiple personality disorder,” and the medical field is still in disagreement on whether it is real. But does ‘real’ matter when a diagnosis can help?
What this growing trend reveals about the flaws in mental healthcare.
"I just felt shattered. I had a job, a wife, and two beautiful children, and yet I felt that I would never experience joy again.”
That weird feeling can be traced to certain parts of the brain.
"Hazel’s like the Lara Croft of microbiology.”
A look into my mother and grandparents' past, and the limits of inheritance.
Could understanding canine compulsions help find new treatments for people with obsessive–compulsive disorders too?
In Finland, people whose sickness is linked to certain buildings fear being labelled as mentally ill, while scientists search for evidence that their condition is ‘real’.
Psychologists have long theorized that Chinese people experience their emotions more physically than other cultures. What does that say about me?
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My mother, my father, the history of x-ray crystallography, and the wonder / fear of growing up with science.
Should fiction tools be used in science writing?
These fungi have grown in two of the most extreme conditions known to man: outer space and the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station.
A flying lemur, a 60-million-year-old viral fossil, and the field of paleovirology.
How one college class is asking pre-med students to confront the realities of death and dying.
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They go to space with perfect vision and come back with a loss of acuity.
Microbes are full of surprises in zero gravity– and space is a terrible place for surprises.
Jimmy Carter wished for the human disease to be wiped out before he died. But to end the infections in people, health officials must end it in dogs, too.
"I have no idea what that is."
Now researchers at the University of Leuven in Belgium say they have found DNA evidence to provide some closure to this 82-year-old cold case.
“What you’re doing is, you’re recovering history,” says Albert Jose “Doc” Jones.
Craig Koppie has studied the birds for decades and is still amazed at their gentleness.
The 18th-century horologist John Harrison claimed that he could make the world's most accurate pendulum clock, but his methods were scorned for hundreds of years—until someone proved him right.
Seven decades after graduation, a Crown Heights native seeks to reunite his elementary school class.