May 26, 2011 Twenty-six years after Robert Dixon Jr. went to prison for acting as an accessory to murder, friends and family swear that he is a new man, one committed to redeeming the second half of his life. But according to a test that holds incredible power — some say too much — in the U.S. justice system, Dixon is a psychopath, incapable of reform.
January 14, 2011 Very rarely is politics the primary motive behind assassinations or assassination attempts, says a 1999 Secret Service study. Rather, public figures are chosen because in the assassin's mind, it's a guaranteed way to transform from a "nobody" into a "somebody."
January 10, 2011 A child growing up in a poor home hears fewer words per hour on average than a child in a higher-income household, research has shown. So around the country, programs are trying to reduce the achievement gap by getting parents to talk more to their kids.
December 29, 2010 The American Psychiatric Association is revising its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual — the official bible of mental disorders. But proposed changes to the DSM have been drawing criticism from an unlikely source: the psychiatrist who edited the previous edition.
December 4, 2010 The journal Psychiatric Services published this week the first large-scale study of suicide among female veterans. The study found that in general female vets are much more likely to commit suicide than their civilian peers, especially younger vets.
November 22, 2010 Traumatic Brain Injury has been called the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A scientist at MIT says face shields on helmets could stop blast waves from damaging brain tissue.
November 22, 2010 Many siblings couldn't be more different from each other even though they share genes and environment. Take brothers Tom and Eric Hoebbel (above), whose personalities and lives are radically different. No one knows for sure why some siblings' lives diverge as much as they do, but there are three major theories that try to explain why.
November 5, 2010 Electrical stimulation to the brain can help a person’s mathematical abilities for up to six months, according to a new study.
November 2, 2010 A clinical test of fish oil supplements found they didn't slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The findings deflate optimism about the approach, which seemed to hold some promise.
October 25, 2010 Some psychiatrists are concerned about new diagnoses that would make it easier to give certain sexual offenses a medical label. One effect: People who've served time for crimes could be committed to a mental institution afterward.
October 21, 2010 NPR NEWS INVESTIGATION: Drugmakers systematically select physicians to speak on behalf of their products. The doctors believe they are being recruited to persuade other doctors to use a drug, but the primary target of the speaking is the doctor himself. And the resulting sales can be huge.
August 30, 2010 In the history of the world, every culture in every location at every point in time has developed some supernatural belief system. And believing in God may have been evolutionarily advantageous to humans as it provided a framework for promoting social good.
August 30, 2010 Five years after Hurricane Katrina, trauma and stress still play a part in the emotional lives of New Orleans residents. The evidence: In 2008 and 2009, the suicide rate in Orleans Parish was twice as high as it was the two years before the levees broke.
August 9, 2010 Our ability to think in symbols — the notion that objects can represent ideas — is one of the key traits that make us human. We weren't always symbolic thinkers, and scientists are trying to figure out when our minds evolved this ability.