Studies of twins let us see the contributions that genes, upbringing and culture make to behaviour.
Evolution has shaped gender differences, but we don't have to be bound to this history. We are not mindless automata, doomed to slavishly oblige our instincts and impulses.
The Ecstasy of St Theresa, by Gianlorenzo Bernini in Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.
Arguments over religion miss the point that we have religious urges, whether or not we think they are justified.
Feeling sad now and again is not only normal, but has many psychological benefits.
Even though sadness and bad moods have always been part of the human experience, we live in an age that ignores or devalues them. But we've much to gain from feeling sad now and again.
Lies, pranks and April Fool’s Day jokes show how gullible we can sometimes be.
Why do some people fall for the lamest April Fool's pranks and others see straight through them?
Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
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Random clown sightings don't make everyone laugh. A psychologist who has studied creepiness explains why clowns are especially adept at making us squirm.
An evolutionary psychologist's perspective on Brexit.
Computers can be our prediction machines.
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Scientists of all kinds turn to computer models to investigate questions they can't get at any other way. Here's how models work and why we can trust them.
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Archaeological remains, traditional tribes and conflict among chimpanzees can tell us much about the history of human warfare.
Your attitudes to risk – from extreme sports to school rugby – are hardwired into you.
There seems to be a level of implicit trust between gay men and straight women.
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Research shows that women are especially drawn to gay men in certain contexts.
Why do we feel such a strong urge to share a juicy piece of gossip?
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Evolutionary psychology explains how humans evolved to become gossips.
A longing for power and social status mixed with hormones and fear can have deadly consequences.
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Why is there always a man behind the trigger? And why is it almost always a young man?
Does this face look threatening to you?
We have evolved a tendency to find people with wider faces to be more threatening. But appearances can be deceving.
Recognizing death’s inevitability, people find comfort in their beliefs.
Why are atheists deemed as untrustworthy as rapists?
What we may imagine isn’t necessarily the truth.
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What we see in online dating is not always what we get.
Music unifies the world into a whole.
According to recent research, music is an evolutionary adaptation that helps us navigate a world rife with contradictions.
What is it that makes Venus a hottie? Is it her hip-to-waist ratio, or just her slenderness?
"The Birth of Venus", Sandro Boticelli c1486.
Is there an ideal body shape that is universally attractive? A recent study shows that beauty is more complex, and diverse, than that.
Truth is noble, but do we really want to rock the boat?
Whistleblowing performs a public service that is celebrated in the media, condoned by the public, and increasingly protected by the government. So why are we so reluctant to do it? Recent research we published…
Cranking out a tune cements our social networks.
We’re enjoying the one time of year when protests of “I can’t sing!” are laid aside and we sing carols with others. For some this is a once-a-year special event; the rest of the year is left to the professionals…
Not as simple as black and white.
Evolutionary psychology, the field that uses the process of natural selection to provide a theoretical framework to explain human behaviour, gets in the press a lot. And if there’s one thing that gets…