Bruce Bower has written about the behavioral sciences since 1984. He often writes about psychology, anthropology, archaeology and mental health issues. Bruce has a master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Following an internship at Science News in 1981, he worked as a reporter at Psychiatric News, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association, until joining Science News as a staff writer. In 1996, the American Psychological Association appointed Bruce a Science Writer Fellow, with a grant to visit psychological scientists of his own choosing. Early stints as an aide in a day school for children and teenagers with severe psychological problems and as a counselor in a drug diversion center provided Bruce with a surprisingly good background for a career in science journalism.
Bruce Bower's Articles
- FeatureAddiction is often seen as a chronic disease that requires maintenance treatment even after years of sobriety. But even without help, most addicts eventually can quit for good.
- NewsMandatory arrest laws may increase mortality rates, especially among employed black women.
- Reviews & PreviewsThe hottest thing in human evolution studies right now is DNA extracted from hominid fossils. Svante Pääbo, the dean of ancient-gene research, explains in Neandertal Man how it all began when he bought a piece of calf liver at a supermarket in 1981.
- News in BriefResearchers see two species instead of one at oldest known Homo site outside Africa.
- NewsFatal ailments might have sparked DNA changes that yielded dark skin in human ancestors.
- NewsIsraeli cave yields a fireplace where Stone Age crowd may have cooked up social change.
- News in BriefA surprising affinity for moving across the forest floor may aid threatened apes.
- News in BriefErosion temporarily unveils remnants of a Stone Age stroll along England’s coast.
- NewsSport’s reform efforts have resulted in more nationalistic bias and vote trading.
- NewsMating with evolutionary cousins produced genetic trade-offs for Stone Age people.