If an alien landed on Earth, how would you decide if it had free will like us, or was a sophisticated automaton?
Anti-vaxxers protesting in Melbourne, Australia.
Anti-vaxxer movement is often portrayed as a powerful force. They are anything but.
Holistic thinking, common in Japan, leads to a certain way of memorising.
Psychological phenomena have long been thought of as universal. But it turns out scientists may have been blinded by their own culture.
Vietnam War protests led to a lower voting age. The Parkland shooting could push similar reevaluations.
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Teens' brains develop different skills along a predictable timeline. These milestones should influence the legal age boundaries for voting, buying guns and being put to death.
Eminem performing in Chile in 2016.
Eminem's Stan – how the childhood trauma of Eminem's superfan played its part in a tragic story.
There are many reasons people have affairs.
An affair is generally a sign things aren't right with someone's relationship. It occurs when one person sees an alternative relationship as a better way to meet their needs than their existing one.
Homes are surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Spring, Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.
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Despite strong evidence that human activities have altered the climate, not everyone sees the risks. New research explains why some people seem blind to the signs of climate change.
Harsh truth: you probably look more attractive in a group than on your own.
The cheerleader effect describes the phenomenon that you appear more attractive in a group than solo - and it works for men as well as women.
CryptoKitties is a blockchain-based game.
When we lust for riches, fear being left behind and identify strongly with some moral cause all at once, reason and willpower don't really stand a chance.
Generosity boosts reward mechanisms in the brain.
The idea that we are only kind to get ahead doesn't seem to hold up, being nice genuinely makes us feel good.
Most athletes leave the Olympics disappointed and empty-handed.
For athletes returning home – especially those who are on the cusp of retirement – the transition can be daunting.
Seeing the glass as half empty may inspire some people to fill it up.
Negative thinking may help some people manage their health.
Daydreaming may seem like a fun, harmless way to pass time, but evidence suggests that it could be bad for your mental health.
The 2014 film Ex Machina explored a dystopian vision of what could happen in a world where humans empathise with robots.
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When we include someone (or something) in our moral circle we feel a sense of moral obligation for their treatment. But the factors determining who is in or out are more complicated than you may think.
Bad research techniques have called into question the results of many psychology studies. Fixing the problem starts with making sure students don't pick up bad habits.
Heavy metal concert fans: there are striking differences in the emotional responses of fans and non-fans of death metal.
For non-fans, listening to death metal is a negative experience. But research has found the music has the opposite effect on fans, giving rise to positive experiences such as power, joy and peace.
Eating a delicious doughnut now seems more rewarding than the nebulous concept of “better future health”.
People tend to value potential future rewards less than similar immediate rewards when they must choose between them. Psychologists and economists call this “delay discounting”.
Anticipating a future event is just as good for you as the thing itself.
Playing violent video games doesn’t make kids more aggressive.
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For years, there have been questions about research showing connections between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior.
Pinker is touring his new book ‘Enlightenment Now’.
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The psychologist proposes reason as a solution to all our problems, but telling people they must do something can backfire.