Elizabeth Svoboda
Freelance

Elizabeth Svoboda writes on topics from creationist biology classes in Galápagos schools to the connections between suffering and selflessness. She is the author of What Makes a Hero? (2013), and her upcoming book for children is The Life Heroic: How to Unleash Your Most Amazing Self (2019). She lives in San José, California.

Written by Elizabeth Svoboda

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Mental health
The red thread of obsession

Evolved human capacities for vigilance and worry are both exacerbated and rewarded by the intense pressure of modern life

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Cognition and intelligence
The broad, ragged cut

Aptitude and IQ tests are used to distinguish those young people who deserve a chance from those who do not. Do they work?

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Mental health
Temperamentally blessed

Just one in five people will be lucky enough to avoid mental-health problems throughout their life. How do they do it?

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Neuroscience
The kindled brain

If each bout of depression, bipolar disorder or PTSD makes another more likely, should sufferers stay on medication for life?

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Mood and emotion
Saved by the book

Self-help books might have a reputation for nonsense but the best of them are more effective than medication or therapy

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Cognition and intelligence
The power of story

Across time and culture, stories have been agents of personal transformation – in part because they change our brains

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