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
- NewsSpanish hominid fossil from 400,000 years ago reveals genetic ties to Asia’s mysterious Denisovans.
- FeatureAs antidepressants and other drugs gradually replace psychotherapy in the United States, new forms of the talking cure are growing in popularity in developing countries ravaged by civil war and poverty.
- NewsRitual structure could help pin down when the sage known as the Buddha lived in South Asia.
- NewsA statistical analysis attempts to track the rise of several widespread folktales.
- NewsAfrican discoveries show that hunting weapons thrown from a distance appeared by 279,000 years ago.
- NewsAn experiment using a computer game supports the idea that big populations drove the evolution of complex human cultures.
- NewsSensory cross talk may underlie ability to see one’s own hand moving when it’s pitch black.
- NewsSmall teams of people can recite key information from public announcements better than any one person.
- FeatureBad moods can have unappreciated mental upsides.
- NewsNew find suggests that humankind’s origins trace to an ancient species that spread from Africa to Asia.