Alix Spiegel

Alix Spiegel appears in the following:

Can A Computer Change The Essence Of Who You Are?

Friday, February 13, 2015

The latest episode of NPR's Invisibilia takes us online. Some people think interacting with these machines is changing us all — for better and worse.


By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

Friday, January 30, 2015

Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself.


By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jason Comely's fear of rejection was so strong that he'd become completely isolated. So he set out to get himself rejected at least once a day, every day. Funny thing is, it worked.


What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

Monday, January 05, 2015

Sure, you resolve to exercise more, but somehow it never happens. It could be that your environment is sabotaging you, psychologists say. A famous study about heroin and the Vietnam War explains how.


Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

Monday, September 01, 2014

When we talk, we focus on the "content" words — the ones that convey information. But the tiny words that tie our sentences together have a lot to say about power and relationships.


The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

Monday, July 07, 2014

The tobacco industry played an influential role in the funding and popularization of stress research. A vast document archive details the relationships between cigarette makers and key scientists.

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How A Woman's Plan To Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve

Monday, June 23, 2014

After a suicide, family members are often devastated. Depression rates are much higher than when a loved one dies naturally. But Sandy Bem's family says her approach to suicide helped them mourn.


Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

Monday, April 14, 2014

What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.


Play It Again And Again, Sam

Monday, April 07, 2014

We're all seduced by repetition, music research suggests — 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before. Beyond music, this bias toward familiarity holds up in every culture. What gives?


So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

When 3,000 average citizens were asked to forecast global events, some consistently made predictions that turned out to be more accurate than those made with classified intelligence.


Good Art Is Popular Because It's Good. Right?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Research suggests that after a basic standard of quality is met, what becomes a success and what doesn't is essentially a matter of chance.


Why Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning Differently

Monday, September 02, 2013

For the most part in American culture, intellectual struggle in school children is seen as an indicator of weakness, while in Eastern cultures it is not only tolerated, it is often used to measure emotional strength. (This piece initially aired on Nov. 12, 2012 on Morning Edition.)


If Your Shrink Is A Bot, How Do You Respond?

Monday, May 20, 2013

A computer-simulated woman named Ellie is designed to talk to people who are struggling emotionally and take their measure — 30 times per second. Researchers hope their technology, which reads a person's body language and inflections, will yield diagnostic clues for clinical therapists.


Big Sibling's Big Influence: Some Behaviors Run In The Family

Monday, April 29, 2013

Psychologists have long known that children often model their behavior on the actions of parents or peers. But science has only recently begun to measure the influence of siblings. An older brother's or sister's behavior can be very contagious, it turns out — for good and for bad.


Boston Blasts A Reminder Of 'The Fragility Of Life'

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Psychologists have used the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and other tragedies to track the arc of recovery from incidents like the marathon bombing. Such tragedies make many people think about their own vulnerability.


Would Angry Teens Chill Out If They Saw More Happy Faces?

Monday, April 08, 2013

Since most of the faces we encounter are emotionally ambiguous, we're forced into interpretations. And in the case of troubled teens, the perception of hostile faces all around can lead to aggressive behavior. In an experiment, researchers tried to retrain the way those kids interpreted faces.


Mining Books To Map Emotions Through A Century

Monday, April 01, 2013

Anthropologists find that the use of "emotional" words in all sorts of books has soared and dipped across the past century, roughly mirroring each era's social and economic upheavals. And psychologists say this new form of language analysis may offer a more objective view into our culture.


Pediatric Organization Endorses Same-Sex Marriage For Its Benefit To Children

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement on Thursday supporting marriage rights for same-sex couples. The group says it did a review of the scientific literature, and found that children of same-sex couples do every bit as well as the children of heterosexual couples.


New Voices For The Voiceless: Synthetic Speech Gets An Upgrade

Monday, March 11, 2013

For those who rely on technology to speak, there are a limited number of voices. "Perfect Paul" sounds robotic, and "Heather" can seem too old for some. Now, a researcher is using sound samples from people who have never been able to speak to create new, personalized voices for them.


Jersey Shore Storm Survivors Face Uncertain Future

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Some 100 evacuees from towns like Seaside Heights are now staying at a Red Cross shelter on the New Jersey mainland. They don't know where they will live, or what they will do, or what tomorrow will bring.