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
- News'Soft' sciences inflate support for what scientists expected to find, data check suggests.
- NewsAncient Egyptians used advanced techniques to make beads out of 'metal from the sky.'
- News in BriefResearch on social media's reluctant users, marital ideals and single parenthood and intimate victims of cybernastiness presented August 10-13 in New York City.
- NewsHealth workers tend to consider borderline personality disorder a tag for patients who are difficult or impossible to treat.
- NewsA heralded calculation of people’s ability to flourish is a mathematical mirage, researchers say.
- Reviews & Previews
By reducing human thought and behavior to colorful images of excited neurons, neuroscientists have turned brain scans into brain scams, write psychiatrist Satel and psychologist Lilienfeld. The argument that thinking involves more than brain activity is not new, but the authors give it an up-to-date, provocative treatment.
- FeatureSouth African finds enter fray over origins of the human genus.
- NewsInfrequent killings among hunter-gatherer groups fit a scenario of a largely peaceful Stone Age, a study concludes.
- NewsSimple decision tool shows potential as quick way to identify clinical depression.
- NewsDig supports prolonged development of domesticated crops at ancient sites across the Fertile Crescent.