Inflammatory words can prime a mind.
A new theory of language suggests that people understand words by unconsciously simulating what they describe. Repeated exposure – and the simulation that comes with it – makes it easier to act.
You’re probably wrong about how long it would take you to know they’re ‘the one.’
New research confirms that people tend to rush to judgment, in spite of believing their own decisions and those of others are carefully based on lots of evidence and data. And that can be good or bad.
Volunteering at a food bank is one way people feel rewarded by giving.
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How does being thankful about things in your own life relate to any selfless concern you may have about the well-being of others? A neuroscientist explores the gratitude/altruism connection.
By only working in their own backyards, what do psychology researchers miss about human behavior?
Ninety percent of psychology studies come from countries representing less than 15 percent of the world's population. Researchers are realizing that universalizing those findings might not make sense.
Overselling slim results can get research findings into the hands of news consumers.
Breathless press releases, over-interpreted meta-analyses and other 'crud factors' mean that weak research results can get overhyped to the public. It's time for a cultural change in the social sciences.
Boosting someone else may deliver a mood boost to you too.
Psychology researchers found that daily acts of kindness were linked to increases in positive mood – especially for teens who felt depressed.
Why do people constantly ‘move the goalposts’ when making judgments?
It's a psychological quirk that when something becomes rarer, people may spot it in more places than ever. What is the 'concept creep' that lets context change how we categorize the world around us?
Which cognitive processes explain long-term effects of childhood adversity?
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Childhood adversity is linked to social and mental health problems later in life. New research suggests brains that aren't as good at recognizing rewards and responding to change may be to blame.
You’re ready to blow your top – but how much is due to your internal hunger and how much to external annoyances?
Missing a meal can certainly push you toward a bad mood. But new research identifies in what kind of situations hunger is most likely to tip toward hanger.
A quirky quiz probably isn’t going to tell you much about your innermost essence.
Few can resist an assessment that promises to reveal your hidden, true self. But new research suggests that people mistakenly believe difficult to answer questions offer deep insights.
If everyone else sticks with salad, maybe you will too.
Everybody wants more self-control, but it's proven difficult to beef up through training. New research suggests that what your social group does might be key to enhancing your own self-control skills.
Little kids have a tendency to look on the bright side.
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Human beings seem to be born wearing rose-colored glasses. Psychologists are interested in how this bias toward the positive works in the very young – and how it fades over time.
We don’t automatically question information we read or hear.
Cognitive psychologists know the way our minds work means we not only don't notice errors and misinformation we know are wrong, we also then remember them as true.
How can you maximize reading’s rewards for baby?
Psychology researchers bring infants into the lab to learn more about how shared book reading influences brain and behavioral development.
Don’t blame the turkey for those snores coming from the living room!
Remember that story about the molecule found in turkey that makes you drowsy? Research shows it's a myth – tryptophan doesn't cause you to nod off, but it may be connected to cooperation.
Bathing in pure colour can have effects on the body and mind.
The brain processes colour in more ways that just creating visual images – here's how.
When you quit in frustration, little eyes are watching and learning.
Persistence and self-control are valuable traits that can help kids succeed in school and beyond. A new study suggests infants can learn stick-to-itiveness by watching adults persist in a difficult task.
New fathers can feel low, too.
Having a newborn can be rough, whether you're a mom or a dad. New research ties men's testosterone to their postpartum depression – with some surprising upsides for their partners.
Who has the upper hand in this battle?
As we struggle to avoid temptations throughout the day, we often rely on willpower and self-control to back impulses. New research suggests a different way to think about this internal battle.
Who’s missing from this picture?
Here's what research actually says about differences between males and females – and the question of what's innate and what's acquired.