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Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute commentary on the latest developments in the science of brain and behavior. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all our archived podcasts please visit: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute commentary on the latest developments in the science of brain and behavior. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all our archived podcasts please visit: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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Great Content!

By YGlen - Dec 16 2014
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Only wish it was longer than 60-seconds.

quick & easy

By Schlomo is my real name - Aug 21 2014
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Quick doses of light science. Nothing mind-blowing, but interesting nonetheless.

iTunes Ratings

201 Ratings
Average Ratings
122
38
14
12
15

Great Content!

By YGlen - Dec 16 2014
Read more
Only wish it was longer than 60-seconds.

quick & easy

By Schlomo is my real name - Aug 21 2014
Read more
Quick doses of light science. Nothing mind-blowing, but interesting nonetheless.
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60-Second Mind

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Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute commentary on the latest developments in the science of brain and behavior. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all our archived podcasts please visit: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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New research reveals that nearly all fights between romantic partners can be distilled into two fundamental complaints. Christie Nicholson reports

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Rank #2: Chronic Pain Relief

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Chronic pain may be due to an overabundance of a protein, which amplifies the pain signal to the brain. A drug that neutralizes this protein may provide the long-awaited relief. Christie Nicholson reports

Mar 21 2010

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Rank #3: Where Is God?

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Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA provides support to the critics of the idea that a God spot exists in the brain. Christie Nicholson reports

Mar 11 2009

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Rank #4: Online Games as Study Tool

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An interdisciplinary research group called the "Virtual Worlds Exploratorium" has started to analyze data from the online game EverQuest II, in order to find out more about real-life human behavior. Christie Nicholson reports

Mar 03 2009

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Rank #5: The Difference between Honesty and Cheating

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A recent study finds that where we sign a document can influence our tendency to be honest or cheat. Christie Nicholson reports

Sep 23 2012

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Rank #6: Sex Differences in Jealousy

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Recent research attempts to provide a more nuanced look at the long-held view that men are more jealous of sexual infidelity than emotional infidelity. Christie Nicholson reports

Jan 28 2010

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Rank #7: Neuroscience Is Everywhere

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From literature to architecture, academics and entrepreneurs are using neuroscience to explain everything from why we like a complex narrative thread to why round tables are more social. Christie Nicholson reports

Apr 03 2010

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Rank #8: Early Attachment May Affect Our Ability to Resolve Conflict in Relationships

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Recent research in the journal Psychological Science reveals that infant attachment styles might influence our ability to recover from fights with our romantic partners. Christie Nicholson reports

Feb 22 2011

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Rank #9: What Makes an Honest Smile Honest?

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What is the telltale clue to a genuine smile? Recent research finds positive correlations with this honest show of emotion. Christie Nicholson reports

Dec 11 2010

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Rank #10: What Fighting Couples Want

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Fighting couples don't want an apology, but rather for one partner to relinquish power. Christie Nicholson reports

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Rank #11: First Sex Alters Body Image

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A recent assessment of undergrads reveals a gender difference in how the students see their bodies after their first sexual intercourse. Christie Nicholson reports

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Rank #12: Cash Rewards Might Make Us Unhappy

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A recent study finds that when we can easily quantify a good we tend to be less happy with it, as opposed to those goods that are less easily quantifiable. Christie Nicholson reports

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Rank #13: Paying in Cash Keeps Us Healthy

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Jun 25 2011

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Rank #14: Our Friends' Weight Influences Our Weight Gain and Loss

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Rank #15: Humans Want to Share Information

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Speaking at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Tex., new media scholar Clay Shirky argues that businesses are buckling under the pressure of the digital revolution because of a subtle quirk in human nature. Christie Nicholson reports

Mar 15 2010

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Rank #16: The Quirk of a High IQ

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Rank #17: First Impressions Can Be Quite Accurate

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A study about the perception of neighborhoods reveals that our gut instinct based on the physical features of the neighborhood is highly accurate. Christie Nicholson reports

Apr 30 2011

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Rank #18: Remembering That Person's Name

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Recent research finds that we all have a tough time remembering names as we age. But for those with early Alzheimer's the decline is significant and includes forgetting biographical information, as well. Christie Nicholson reports

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Rank #19: A Bitter Placebo to Swallow

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Research shows that the items surrounding a successful medical treatment, like the type of drink we use to wash down a pill, can sometimes be as effective as the pill itself. Christie Nicholson reports

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Rank #20: Internet Addiction?

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As experts organize the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a debate has started on whether to include Internet addiction among our newest afflictions

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Up Your Online Dating Game with Evidence-Based Strategies

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Choosing a user name starting with a letter appearing earlier in the alphabet is just one scientifically vetted way to increase the odds of turning an online encounter into a first date. Christopher Intagliata reports

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Junk Diet Rewires Rat Brains

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High-calorie and exceedingly pleasurable foods appear to change rat brain rewards circuitry, causing the rodents to continue to seek such fare. Erika Beras reports

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High Price Tag on Meds May Boost Healing

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Parkinson’s patients derived more benefits from a salt solution they were told was an expensive drug than from the same solution when it was described as being cheap medication. Karen Hopkin reports

Jan 31 2015

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Publication Bias May Boost Findings for Bilingual Brain Benefits

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Of studies presented at conferences, those that found a cognitive benefit to bilingualism were almost twice as likely to get published in journals as were studies finding no benefit. Karen Hopkin reports

Dec 31 2014

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Inclusion Illusion Lessens Racial Bias

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Implicit bias against another race lessened after volunteers experienced themselves via virtual reality as a member of that race. Karen Hopkin reports

Dec 20 2014

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Blood Test Forecasts Concussion Severity

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Levels of a protein fragment in the blood paralleled how long head injuries benched hockey players. Ingrid Wickelgren reports

Dec 16 2014

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Bouncy Gait Improves Mood

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If you're in an up mood, you may walk more energetically. But a study finds that purposefully walking more energetically may improve your mood. Christie Nicholson reports

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Synchronized Walking Reduces Opponent's Perceived Size

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Subjects who kept pace with a walking colleague estimated a potential enemy to be smaller and lighter than did other walkers who were not marching. Karen Hopkin reports

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Big Parental Control May Stunt Kid Assertiveness

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Lots or Little Sleep Linked to Sick Days

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Absence from work due to illness increased dramatically for those who slept less than six hours or more than nine hours per night. Christie Nicholson reports

Sep 29 2014

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Can’t Take My Eyes off You—Your Face, That Is

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Talking to Strangers Makes You Happy

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People who had to strike up conversations on a subway later reported feeling happier than those who didn’t. Christie Nicholson reports.

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People Think Experiences Bring Happiness, Still Opt for Things

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Childhood Stress Decreases Size of Brain Regions

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Children who experience neglect, abuse and/or poverty can have smaller amygdalas and hippocampuses, brain regions involved in emotion and memory, compared with kids raised in nurturing environments. Christie Nicholson reports

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Even Monkeys Believe In Hot Streaks

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Aug 12 2014

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Brain State Bread Crumbs Lead Way Back to Consciousness

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Body's Pain Perception Mapped for First Time

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Jun 23 2014

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Jun 02 2014

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Parents Who Support Corporal Punishment Do It a Lot

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In a study covering five different countries, subjects reported feeling best on the days when they practiced what are considered extroverted actions. Christie Nicholson reports

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iTunes Ratings

201 Ratings
Average Ratings
122
38
14
12
15

Great Content!

By YGlen - Dec 16 2014
Read more
Only wish it was longer than 60-seconds.

quick & easy

By Schlomo is my real name - Aug 21 2014
Read more
Quick doses of light science. Nothing mind-blowing, but interesting nonetheless.