I've been waiting to link to my cover story on fear and the brain because Discover hasn't put up the full text version yet, but I'm leaving today for Monterey and the TED conference, so I figured I'd put the link now, and hopefully the full version will go live shortly. (The issue has been on the stands for almost a month.) This piece is the first of a three-part series on emotion and the brain -- the next two installments are on laugher and love. In a way, I think the series gets better with each installment; the other two are a bit more surprising, particularly if you've already read a little about the neuroscience of fear. But certainly the fear and anxiety topic is a timely one right now, and my piece talks quite a bit about how we can keep fear responses in check. (Incidentally, Newsweek last week ran an almost identical cover story on anxiety and the brain -- even the illustrations were nearly exact duplicates.)
I suppose it's appropriate that the the full Discover text isn't online, because I wanted to take the opportunity to make an entirely unbiased plug for going out and buying a copy of the whole magazine. This issue in particular has -- to my tastes at least -- a fantastic collection of stories (not counting my two pieces, of course.) There's a great piece on studies that look at the way real dogs respond to AIBO (written by ex-FEEDie Christine Kenneally); a piece on the deer population explosion, which I'm fascinated by; a profile of Sarah Baffler Hrdy, who may well be the most interesting figure in evolutionary psychology; and a few others that were really fun to read. If you haven't read the magazine lately, I highly recommend checking it out.