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
- NewsThe discovery of hieroglyphic-covered steps on the side of a Maya pyramid has yielded new information about warfare between two competing city-states around 1,500 years ago.
- NewsSocial isolation may promote the development of Alzheimer's disease and other brain ailments among elderly people.
- NewsMice bred to lack a gene for a certain enzyme exhibit reduced anxiety and greater curiosity in stressful laboratory tasks, suggesting a possible new avenue of research into anti-anxiety medications.
- NewsDNA analyses of food remains from the intestines of a 5,000-year-old mummified man found in Europe's Tyrolean Alps indicate that his last two meals included meat from mountain goats and red deer, as well as wild cereals.
- NewsNew evidence supports the view that people occupied a site in coastal Virginia at least 15,000 years ago.
- NewsSome early human ancestors appear to have walked on all fours using their knuckles, much as chimpanzees do.
- NewsPeople began to manage herds of wild goats at least 10,000 years ago in western Iran.
- FeatureSocial and psychological forces sway the course of manic depression.
- NewsIn social exchanges, monkeys and people often appear to act according to the principle that "one good turn deserves another."
- NewsTwo genes involved in the transmission of glutamate, a key chemical messenger in the brain, are linked to the occurrence of the severe mental disorder schizophrenia.