Observer Article

Basic Behavioral Science at NIH: A Chronology

This is a long and complicated story, so we thought a chronology of major milestones might help. Remember that what you have here is just the tip of the iceberg […]... More>


Observer Article

NIMH Might Be (Partly) Right

Tom Insel has a point. As director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), he is charged with developing effective treatments for severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia and major […]... More>


Cover Story

Sports Complex: The Science Behind Fanatic Behavior

Only one month after April 3rd’s opening day, baseball fans from Boston to Oakland are beginning to hear a familiar cry: “Yankees suck!” These words — chanted in unison, with […]... More>


Observer Article

Early Development of Estimation Skills

Approximately how much is 192 times 12? About how much will each teammate have to pay to buy a $50 present for the coach? Roughly how many marbles are in […]... More>


Observer Article

Learning From Symbolic Objects

Perhaps the most important challenge of early-childhood education is helping children to master a variety of symbol systems. Within a few short years, children must learn to understand and use […]... More>