1. Health & Medicine

    Gestures speak volumes in the brain

    A new brain-imaging study suggests that an understanding of spoken language relies on changing sets of brain networks that exploit acoustic and visual cues.

  2. Psychology

    Feelings, universal musical feelings

    Africans who spurn all things Western provide evidence that people everywhere recognize expressions of happiness, sadness and fear in music. Listen to some of the audio samples the study used.

  3. Humans

    Radio relief for Rwandans’ social conflicts

    Rwandans who listened to a yearlong radio soap opera developed increased tolerance for dissent, a greater sense of cooperation and more acceptance of marriage across ethnic lines.

  4. Humans

    Playing for real in a virtual world

    Preteen boys and girls interacting in a virtual world display the same contrasting play styles that have been observed in real-world settings.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Taking age stereotypes to heart

    A long-term investigation indicates that young and middle-aged adults who hold negative attitudes about the elderly are more likely to have heart ailments and strokes later in life.

  6. Psychology

    Don’t worry, get attention training

    New studies suggest that a short course of attention training offers as much relief to sufferers of two common anxiety disorders as psychotherapy or medication.

  7. Psychology

    Fatal fallout of financial failure

    Using population data, researchers have linked a widespread Asian economic crisis in 1997 to an abrupt increase in suicide rates the following year in hard-hit places.

  8. Humans

    The Dating Go Round

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  9. Health & Medicine

    Parenting shapes genetic risk for drug use

    A three-year study of black teens in rural Georgia finds that involved, supportive parenting powerfully buffers the tendency of some genetically predisposed youngsters to use drugs.

  10. Humans

    When giving gifts, the price is wrong

    Gift givers expect that expensive presents will be appreciated by gift receivers more than inexpensive presents, but three new investigations suggest that that’s not the case.

  11. Psychology

    Recovering memories that never left

    New research suggests that some people who recover memories of childhood sexual abuse are prone to false recall, while others are likely to have forgotten earlier recollections of actual abuse.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Brain reorganizes to make room for math

    New research suggests that, as children learn arithmetic, the brain reorganizes dramatically as it shifts from handling only estimates of quantities to attaching precise quantities to symbolic numerals.