Maia Szalavitz writes about the intersection between mind, brain and society for publications like Time online, the New York Times, Elle and MSN Health. She is co-author, most recently of Lost Boy, the first memoir by a young man raised in Mormon fundamentalist polygamy, Brent Jeffs. She is Senior Fellow at, a media watchdog organization.

Addiction experts are campaigning to block the sale of the ultra-pure pain pill Zohydro. But the campaign may be more of an advertisement for the new drug than a way to stop it.

It may be the Supreme Court’s buzzword du jour, but empathy’s emotional conclusion—trust—is the underpinning of our economy. Post-crash and post-Madoff, how will America restore this complicated neurological function?

As the prophet’s nephew on a radical polygamist compound, Brent Jeffs lived in a world of sexual terror, familial confusion, and religious brainwashing. Then he escaped—and his demons followed him.

A groundbreaking study suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy—rather they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope.