Bruce Bower

Behavioral Sciences Writer, Science News

Bruce Bower has written about the behavioral sciences since 1984. He often writes about psychology, anthropology, archaeology and mental health issues. Bruce has a master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Following an internship at Science News in 1981, he worked as a reporter at Psychiatric News, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association, until joining Science News as a staff writer. In 1996, the American Psychological Association appointed Bruce a Science Writer Fellow, with a grant to visit psychological scientists of his own choosing. Early stints as an aide in a day school for children and teenagers with severe psychological problems and as a counselor in a drug diversion center provided Bruce with a surprisingly good background for a career in science journalism.

All Stories by Bruce Bower

  1. Archaeology

    Silk Road’s origins may date back millennia

    The mountain treks of ancient herders helped mold a cross-continent trade network known as the Silk Road.

  2. Psychology

    Physically abused kids struggle to learn about rewards

    What physically abused kids learn about rewards at home can lead to misbehavior elsewhere.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Mental illness may be a common life experience

    Those who stay mentally healthy from childhood to middle age are exceptions to the rule. Most people don’t, a new study reveals.

  4. Humans

    Big Viking families got away with murder

    The most deadly Vikings came from families that were big enough to discourage revenge.

  5. Life

    Surprising primate fossils found in an Indian coal mine

    Bones of a 54.5-million-year-old primate suggest India might have been a hotbed of early primate evolution.

  6. Archaeology

    ‘Cousin’ Lucy may have fallen from a tree to her death 3.2 million years ago

    A contested study suggests that Lucy, a famous fossil ancestor of humans, fell from a tree to her death.

  7. Tech

    Moral dilemma could limit appeal of driverless cars

    Driverless cars will have to be programmed to decide who to save in emergencies — passengers or pedestrians. Many people aren’t yet sure they are ready to choose cars that make the most moral decision.

  8. Humans

    Cave holds earliest signs of fire-making in Europe

    Ancient burned bone and heated stones in a Spanish cave are the oldest evidence of ancient fire-making in Europe.

  9. Archaeology

    Neandertals: Ancient Stone Age builders had tech skills

    Neandertals built stalagmite circles in a French cave 176,500 years ago. These structures show that these ancient human cousins had social and technical skills.

  10. Archaeology

    Hunter-gatherers roamed Florida 14,500 years ago

    Tools and bones from a submerged site in Florida show that Stone Age people lived in North America earlier than was once thought.

  11. Archaeology

    Remains of long-ago child sacrifices found in Belize cave

    Thousands of bones in Belize’s Midnight Terror Cave show that the Maya had a long tradition of human sacrifices. New data show that many had been children.

  12. Genetics

    Pacific islanders got a double dose of Stone Age DNA

    Unlike other people, certain Pacific Islanders inherited DNA from two ancient human ‘cousins.’