I’m Elyn Saks and this is what it’s like to live with schizophrenia

Elyn Saks first started noticing that something was wrong when she was 16. One day, and without reason, she suddenly left her classroom and started walking home. It turned into an agonizing journey in which she believed all the houses in her neighborhood were transmitting hostile and insulting messages directly into… » 2/13/13 10:13am 2/13/13 10:13am

What can we possibly learn from analyzing the Newtown gunman's DNA?

For the first time ever, researchers will conduct a detailed study of the DNA of a mass killer. By taking a closer look at Adam Lanza's genomic data, scientists are hoping to discover the potential biological underpinnings for extreme violence. But given the diverse nature of mental illness and the complex interplay… » 12/26/12 10:22am 12/26/12 10:22am

What Science Can Tell us About James Holmes’s Brain

As humans, it's only natural for us to search for explanations in the face of senseless violence. So it's no surprise that people have floated many weird and offensive theories to explain the tragic shootings late last week at a movie theatre in Colorado, that left 12 people dead and dozens more injured. » 7/25/12 12:05pm 7/25/12 12:05pm

Man with schizophrenia has out-of-body experience in lab, gains…

RM had his first out-of-body experience at the age of 16. Now, at the age of 55, he has had more than he can count. They usually happen just before he falls asleep; for ten minutes, he feels like he is floating above his body, looking down on himself. If the same thing happens when he's awake, it's a far less tranquil… » 11/06/11 2:15pm 11/06/11 2:15pm

Nigerian schizophrenics prove the truth of astrology...or not

You can't judge books by their covers, but you can judge scientific papers by their titles. Consider: "The planetary positions and relationships at the dates of birth of a cohort of Nigerian schizophrenics." Yeah, this is going to get weird. » 1/31/11 1:00pm 1/31/11 1:00pm