Socially Anxious People Are Taking MDMA and Other Psychedelics to Cope
Scientists say that combined with therapy, these drugs could be a promising treatment option.
The Vaccine That Could Prevent Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
As mental health disorders run rampant, scientists are trying to make an immunization from bacteria that could help.
The Chilling Mystery of High-Altitude Suicides
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 Won’t Happen to Me: The Psychology Behind Optimism Bias
Why do we trick ourselves into feeling positive about an outcome against all odds?
The Anatomy of Empathy
Joel Salinas can literally feel his patients' pain. But as scientists are learning, there's more to empathy than just mirroring someone else.
This Artist with Synesthesia Sees Colours in Music and Paints Your Favorite Songs
Melissa McCracken grew up with a neurological condition that means she processes songs as colors—a gift that translates into paintings inspired by her favorite musicians.
LSD Brings Your Brain to the Edge of Chaos
This new LSD study is like an acid trip all on its own.
Active Ingredient in Shrooms Could ‘Reset’ Brains of Depressed People
Next year, researchers plan to test psilocybin against a leading antidepressant.
The Power of the Nocebo Effect
Nocebo is the evil twin of the placebo effect—and my constant companion. I set out to find out what it is, and how I could learn to harness the more positive effects of medical mind games.
Your Choices Can Be Seen in Your Brain Before You’re Conscious of Them
This week in science: taking nutritional supplements can't prevent depression, a video of a droplet doing something you've never seen water do, and researchers predicted people’s choices before they made them.
A ‘Memory Hacker’ Explains How to Plant False Memories in People’s Minds
Scientist Julia Shaw explains false police confessions (and reports of alien abductions).
Does How You Look Determine Your Personality?
This week in science: the difference between men and women's brains as they get older, how your appearance influences your personality, and how birth control could affect the way women read facial expressions.