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It's just your imagination -- Or is it your memory?

Mind Matters Mind Matters is Sciam.com's "seminar blog" on the sciences of mind and brain. Each week, top researchers describe their disciplines' most significant new findings -- and what they, as fellow researchers, find most exciting, maddening, significant, odd, or otherwise noteworthy in the research driving their fields.

July 10, 2007 — David Dobbs

Thank you, Mr. Wizard

I am saddened by the news that Don Herbert, aka "Mr. Wizard" died yesterday at the age of 89. His weekly program, on NBC from 1951 to 1965, brought simple science to children—and made it fun.

June 13, 2007 — Michael J. Battaglia

The Scent of a Man

Whether you find a man's smell pleasant or putrid lies in your DNA.

April 24, 2007 — David Dobbs

Savvy Animals -- Including One Who Can Putt and Dunk



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Mind Matters Sciam.com's "seminar blog" on the sciences of mind and brain. Each week, top researchers in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry explain and discuss the research driving their fields.

April 16, 2007 — David Dobbs

Good-Bye Blue Monday

Good-bye Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., whose resemblance to that other great American satirist, Mark Twain, is almost uncanny. And I believe his literary doppelganger would have enjoyed visiting the Vonnegutian universe populated by Kilgore Trout, Wanda June, Eliot Rosewater, Francine Pefko, Paul Proteus, Billy Pilgrim, Howard Campbell, Jr., the planet Tralfamadore, ice nine, granfalloons, foma, Illium, N.Y., and, of course, the lovely Montana Wildhack.Call him a pessimist, a stoic, or a dark and cranky curmudgeon, Vonnegut, like Twain, supplied what any self-satisfied civilization occasionally needs to keep it honest—a good thwacking from a brilliant satirist.And thwack he did.

April 13, 2007 — Michael J. Battaglia

Selective Vision: The Brain's Spin Machine Starts Early

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Mind Matters With the election season hard upon us and the spin machines working overtime, we thought it sensible to rerun a post from last year about a sort of spin machine recently discovered in the brain.

April 10, 2007 — David Dobbs

What the Hex Going On at Saturn's Pole?

When it comes to where the atmospheric action is in the outer planets, move over Jupiter. As if having those gaudy rings weren't enough, Saturn is definitely hogging all the attention by sporting some bizarre atmospheric activity at opposite ends of the planet: polar storms, one with a cyclopean eye and the other shaped like a—hexagon.

March 29, 2007 — Michael J. Battaglia

Can We Control Our Fears?



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Mind Matters Sciam.com's "seminar blog" on the sciences of mind and bbrain. Each week, top researchers in neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry explain and discuss the research driving their fields.

March 27, 2007 — David Dobbs

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