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
- NewsMating with evolutionary cousins produced genetic trade-offs for Stone Age people.
- News in BriefNotched piece of bone found near Indonesia illustrates surprisingly complex tool making 35,000 years ago.
- NewsThe city’s Roman rulers had special watery places to keep the heads of military enemies or vanquished gladiators.
- NewsPatients get more pain relief from drug and placebo labeled as headache busters than from those labeled as dummy pills.
- FeatureThe diagnostic manual updates disorder criteria.
- FeatureHuman evolution appears poised for a scientific makeover as the relationships among early hominids are disputed.
- Reviews & Previews
Monks, mobsters and everyone else heed moral codes, even if these codes seem incomprehensible or repellent to outsiders. All moral thinking boils down to two basic conflicts, writes philosopher and neuroscientist Greene: “me versus us” and “us versus them.”
His argument goes like this: In the small tribes that dominated human evolution, moral rules emerged as a way to encourage individuals to put the best interests of a home group — “us” — ahead of “me.” Moral systems also prompted tribal people to value “us” over competing groups, or “them.”
- News in BriefDNA from 50,000 years ago underscores modest levels of mating across hominid populations.
- NewsA Polynesian society often presumed to have self-destructed shows signs of having carried on instead.
- News in BriefOlduvai Gorge finds suggest extinct hominid both walked and hung out in trees.