Jun 23, 2011 — In his new book, The Compass of Pleasure, neuroscientist David Linden maps out the brain's relationship with pleasure and addiction. From junk food to sex to gambling, Linden explains that addictions are actually rooted in the brain's inability to feel pleasure.
Jun 7, 2011 — From religion to pornography and die-hard optimists to remorseless sociopaths, reading about neuroscience can be a lot more fun than dodging volleyballs on a beach. Here are five brainy picks that are sure to make for some sizzling summer reads.
Jul 2, 2010 — A new book explains why people will find dog food succulent — if it's labeled "foie gras." In How Pleasure Works, psychology professor Paul Bloom shows that enjoyment stems from assumptions rather than empirical experience.
Mar 23, 2009 — Commentator Peter Sagal mourns the loss of science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer. He says Farmer provided him with an important commodity when he was growing up: imaginary people. You can spend your whole life talking and playing with and beating up imaginary people. And from all accounts, many do. But Sagal also wonders if, like him, when they grow up and have to say farewell to childish things, they'll have nothing real to let go of.
Mar 11, 2008 — When it comes to powerful people behaving badly, Sagal says Eliot Spitzer isn't the first or the last. The host of NPR's weekly quiz show Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me is also the author of The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them).