Memory, the mystery

PODCAST: Just in the past half-century, our understanding of how exactly our brains remember has taken huge leaps. Amazingly, this is just the beginning.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 14, 2021 ~21 min

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5 things worth knowing about empathy

Empathy is a skill that can be learned and enhanced. But it has its limits, and can even promote conflict. Here’s what some experts say about how it works.

Katherine Ellison • knowable
Dec. 8, 2020 ~13 min

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How researchers are making do in the time of Covid

The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered labs and sidelined scientists all over the world. Here’s a look at how some of them have coped.

Anil Ananthaswamy • knowable
Dec. 2, 2020 ~21 min

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How we make decisions during a pandemic

From mask wearing to physical distancing, individuals wield a lot of power in how the coronavirus outbreak plays out. Behavioral experts reveal what might be prompting people to act — or not.

Katherine Harmon Courage • knowable
May 26, 2020 ~15 min

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Keys to coping with lockdown

Studies on astronauts and Antarctic crews reveal how extreme confinement affects small groups. Scientists are racing to figure out isolation’s impact on the rest of us.

David Adam • knowable
May 7, 2020 ~18 min

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Psychotherapy on the couch

Studies show talk therapy works, but experts disagree about how it does so. Finding the answer could help professionals and patients.

Katherine Ellison • knowable
March 27, 2020 ~18 min

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Treating the growing trauma of family separation

War, disasters, trafficking and immigration are tearing millions of children from their parents all around the world. A psychologist explores how to help them recover.

Katherine Ellison • knowable
Jan. 23, 2020 ~17 min

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Living with chronic illness: Why some cope and others don’t

What helps some people diagnosed with cancer, heart disease or diabetes stay relatively happy and healthy, while others are devastated? Psychologist Vicki Helgeson explains the traits and mindsets that can make the difference.

Katherine Ellison • knowable
Nov. 19, 2019 ~16 min

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The power of brands, conscious and unconscious

Economists explore the complex forces that shape what ends up in your shopping cart and how that might change in the online marketplace 

Ian Chipman • knowable
Feb. 2, 2019 ~20 min

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Why forgetting may make your mind more efficient

Evidence builds for ways that the brain actively erases memories

Tom Siegfried • knowable
Jan. 14, 2019 ~14 min

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