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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

Episode Date
Up Your Online Dating Game with Evidence-Based Strategies
00:01:59
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
Feb 14, 2015
Junk Diet Rewires Rat Brains
00:01:35
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
Feb 07, 2015
High Price Tag on Meds May Boost Healing
00:01:28
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
Publication Bias May Boost Findings for Bilingual Brain Benefits
00:01:26
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
Inclusion Illusion Lessens Racial Bias
00:01:23
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
Blood Test Forecasts Concussion Severity
00:01:31
Levels of a protein fragment in the blood paralleled how long head injuries benched hockey players. Ingrid Wickelgren reports
Dec 16, 2014
Bouncy Gait Improves Mood
00:01:49
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  
Dec 08, 2014
Synchronized Walking Reduces Opponent's Perceived Size
00:01:27
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  
Nov 09, 2014
Big Parental Control May Stunt Kid Assertiveness
00:01:15
Young adults who’d had highly controlling parents were less able to stress their own viewpoints to a friend or partner in confident and productive ways. Daisy Yuhas reports  
Nov 03, 2014
Lots or Little Sleep Linked to Sick Days
00:01:29
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
Can’t Take My Eyes off You—Your Face, That Is
00:01:33
The direction of your gaze when looking at someone offers an unconscious, automatic giveaway of whether your initial reaction is romance or sex. Christie Nicholson reports
Sep 06, 2014
Talking to Strangers Makes You Happy
00:01:37
People who had to strike up conversations on a subway later reported feeling happier than those who didn’t. Christie Nicholson reports.
Aug 30, 2014
People Think Experiences Bring Happiness, Still Opt for Things
00:01:23
Survey subjects rated life experiences as making them happier and as a better use of money than buying objects. But they actually spent their cash on material goods, whose value is more easily quantifiable. Erika Beras reports
Aug 24, 2014
Childhood Stress Decreases Size of Brain Regions
00:01:22
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  
Aug 16, 2014
Even Monkeys Believe In Hot Streaks
00:01:28
Monkeys trained to play fixed video games made moves indicating that they expected certain patterns to occur. Erika Beras reports  
Aug 12, 2014