This edition includes five fascinating articles:"Bored?": Researchers have a simple cure for boredom: find focus, live in the moment, and have something to live for.
"Do Animals Feel Empathy?": A look at the evolutionary origins of empathy, and whether animals can experience it.
"The Secret to Raising Smart Kids": More than 30 years of research has revealed the key to success for your kids - in school and in life.
"Sex, Math, and Scientific Achievement": Higher verbal and memory skills that women have lead them to different careers than men (who are better at visual tasks and mental manipulation of objects).
"Psychedelic Healing": The same hallucinogenic drugs that blew minds in the 1960's may soon be treating ailments.
This issue of Scientific American Mind features cover story "Bored?”, an engrossing article which explores lifestyle research into the ultimate cures for boredom. Another four articles explore similar neuropsychological themes, reviewing three decades of research into raising successful and intellectual children, exploring new medical uses for hallucinogenic drugs, investigating the evolution and existence of empathy throughout the animal kingdom, and outlining the gender-specific skills which lead women and men to pursue different types of jobs.
Mark Moran has a clear, conversational performance style which genuinely invites listeners into these exciting dialogues about scientific advancement and discovery.
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