Gray Matters

You Can Train Your Body into Thinking It’s Had Medicine

Marette Flies was 11 when her immune system turned against her. A cheerful student from Minneapolis,...

How Old Is PTSD?

There is a story in my family of my grandfather's homecoming from the Korean War. His father, a medic...

How Women Can Lean In Without Backlash

When Hillary Clinton ran for President in 2008, one of her biggest opponents was a mere nine inches tall...

In a Mood? Maybe You Caught It From Someone Else

If the person next to you on the bus yawns, chances are you know that you'll soon be yawning, too. What...

When Healing Hurts: Psychological Trauma in the ICU

Anthony Russo was sedated and paralyzed, his lungs filled with fluid. To observers in the intensive care...

Does Your Personality Influence Your Dreams?

Dreams have provided a source of fascination throughout human history. Ancient Egyptians viewed them...

Can You Think Yourself into a Different Person?

For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone...

When Men Take Risks, They Are Perceived as More Creative. Women, Not So Much.

Steve Jobs made some risky choices, famously dropping out of college and starting a business in his parents...

Judged by Your Accent

Back in 1992, language expert Donald Rubin got some unsavory results. Earlier that year he had held a...

The Imprecise Art of Spotting a Liar

Much of the action in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is driven by the mischief of George Wickham,...

The Camaraderie of Memes

#TheDress. #PizzaRat. #Icebucketchallenge. If you're a person who spends much time at all on the Internet...

20 Years Later, the Tetris Effect Has Turned Life into One Big Video Game

This past spring I had to uninstall Dots on my phone because it was devastating my battery life and my...

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