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This issue of popular neuroscience and psychology magazine Scientific American Mind kicks off with cover story "Solving the IQ Puzzle", which explores the Flynn effect, a scientific explanation for why some people manifest higher IQs than their parents. Four additional articles delve into a variety of related fields, exploring neurological explanations for extreme religious belief, investigating the effect of specific foods on mental activity and ability, illuminating why a bad mood can lead to junk food cravings, and exploring the brave new world of virtual therapy, in which online communities can assist people in overcoming real world disorders.

Mark Moran’s engaging narration makes it easy to get wrapped up in the intriguing scientific questions presented in these exciting articles.

Publisher's Summary

This edition includes six fascinating articles:

"Solving the IQ Puzzle": Why is your IQ higher than your parents? It is because of the Flynn effect, says the person who coined the phrase: James R. Flynn.

"Searching for God in the Brain": Researchers are unearthing the roots of religious feeling in the experiences of nuns, Buddhists and others.

"Brain Food": Paying attention to what and when you eat can maximize your mental prowess.

"Feeding the Psyche": Why we crave chips and chocolate when we're upset or anxious - and how scientists are coming to conclusions about food and mood.

"Fantasy Therapy": Virtual computer worlds are helping people cope with phobias, eating disorders, and severe pain.

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