Body and Mind

Barbie is the cultural icon for beauty

Looks matter. But not just for the reasons you think. Stanford’s Peter Belmi explains how attractiveness and social class are inexorably linked. Read More...

Jokes from the good old days

There’s a reason why you spent twelve hours mainlining every episode of House of Cards -- your brain can’t tell the difference between fiction and reality. Cognitive scientist Jim Davies explains the science behind why we laugh, why we cry, and why we binge watch. Read More...

Doctor and patient

From long waits to high prices, our current primary care system is failing too many patients. Doctors Ateev Mehrotra and Rushika Fernandopulle examine ways to overhaul the system. Read More...

Playing a cello

There may be no such thing as innate talent. Geoff Colvin, author of Talent is Overrated, has looked at the research and argues that there’s a clear – though challenging – path to the top. Read More...

Be good, don’t retire, and keep worrying. A decades-long study, analyzed by psychologists Leslie Martin and Howard Friedman, reveals some surprising trends about who really lives the longest. Read More...

standing in the rain

If you’re sad, you should wait on making any high-stakes financial decisions, argues Jennifer Lerner, co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Lab. Research shows that even when you don’t think you’re making decisions based on emotions – you are. Read More...

social network

It’s no surprise that people in your inner circle can affect your physical and emotional state. But even your friends’ friends can transform your life – for better or worse – says Yale professor Nicholas Christakis. Read More...

Deluged by a wave of numbers

Technology is transforming the environment faster than our brains can keep up. The consequences for productivity and creativity are serious, says Daniel J. Levitin, a neuroscientist and author of The Organized Mind. Read More...

woman with I voted sticker

People think their political beliefs are fair and benefit society. In reality, though, most political views are driven by self-interest – even when we don’t realize it – says Robert Kurzban, co-author of The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind. Read More...

EKG read out

Home pregnancy tests have been used for years – but in the near future we could be diagnosing dozens of diseases, from cancer to AIDS, in the privacy of our own homes. Dr. Eugene Chan and Professor Andrew Ellington discuss what that means for doctors, patients, and health care costs. Read More...

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