When Art and Science Meet Halfway

April 30, 2012

by Rob Mitchum Too often, art and science are treated as intellectual adversaries. Educational systems typically route students toward one pole or the other, with the artistic and scientific spheres rarely intersecting by the time one reaches the [Read more]

Amping Up Effort

December 20, 2011

By Matt Wood Each day people make decisions about how much effort they’re willing to put into various tasks. The decision about how much effort to invest in an activity is influenced by the reward for doing something and the probability of [Read more]

Breaking the Cycle of Violence

November 23, 2011

By Matt Wood More than 1.25 million children in the United States, or one in every 58, suffered some kind of neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse in 2005-2006. Such maltreatment interferes with normal development and can lead to a host of [Read more]

Building a Better OCD Mouse

September 20, 2011

How do you know an animal model of a disease is really working? Researchers can create diseases such as cancer in a rat or mouse, but a tumor in a rodent may not behave the same way as a tumor in a human being. The challenge is even more difficult [Read more]

Rewriting the Book on the Brain

August 31, 2011

Students might sometimes think that their textbook appeared out of thin air, the accumulated knowledge of a field spontaneously forming into a heavy slab of facts and figures. But textbooks are like any other type of book, with flesh-and-blood [Read more]