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Revisiting Austin Street: The Death of Kitty Genovese, 50 Years Later

The public murder of a young woman near her home in Kew Gardens made the bystander effect a household term in 1964. Now, fifty years later, it can be used to illustrate another psychological phenomenon: the surprising fallibility of memory.


Which Sensation Is Best for Memories?

In a battle of the senses, hearing loses.


Are Ugly Faces More Memorable?

Sure, but you’re also more likely to think you remember a beauty you don’t even know.


The Limits of Memory for Witnesses of Crime

Using so much brainpower to make quick decisions during a crime keeps us from creating lasting memories.


The Concept That Helps to Explain Why ‘Tetris’ Is So Addictive

There’s a name for that.


Your Child’s Brain on Math

Why do some children benefit more from tutoring than others? And does one small education study have the ability to drastically change our behavior as parents?


The Audacity of Brainless Slime Mold

Dispatches from the weird world of unicellular biology, where essentially brainless critters do a fair job of helping us understand aspects of human behavior–such as how we use memory.


More Evidence Music Training Boosts Brainpower

A German study finds young children who took instrumental music lessons did better than their peers on verbal memory tests.


Speak, Memory

How the science of recall is finally helping us to learn other languages.

Illustration: Sébastien Thibault

Drawing Helps Kids Recount Details of Sex Abuse

Research finds child sex-abuse victims discuss their experiences in greater detail after drawing a picture of the traumatic events.

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

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In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

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The Big One

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