Remove your rose-colored glasses and take a cold, hard look at your potential Valentine.
Brittanie Loren Pendleton
Is your relationship thriving or merely surviving? Scientists who study these matters of the heart have some insights into figuring out whether you're with your best possible partner.
With moralistic gods watching, it’s easier to be fair and cooperative.
For human groups to grow from small, intimate communities to the huge interconnected societies we know now, people needed to be willing to cooperate with strangers. Religion might have played a big role.
If you want the best tool for making educated guesses, then you'd better get the basics right.
Innocence puts you at risk in an interrogation room.
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Innocent people do confess to terrible crimes they had nothing to do with. Psychologists are investigating factors that contribute to false confession – including how well-rested a suspect feels.
In the Netflix series Making a Murderer, Brendan Dassey is subject to interrogation tactics known as the ‘Reid technique’.
Innocent people do confess under interrogation to crimes they did not commit, even providing details about the crime. What leads them to falsely confess to very serious crimes?
Are you an extrovert or an introvert? The answer's just a tick away.
Everyone ticks multiple demographic boxes.
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No one is only their sex or only their race or only their sexual orientation. Social psychologists are starting to investigate how people of multiple minority groups are perceived.
The Earth as seen from space – looks curved from up there.
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It might seem crazy to believe the world is flat. But for some people it reinforces a narrative that gives their lives meaning.
For some, it’s not so easy to forgive and forget…
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New research highlights how the pain of a breakup can linger for years.
Don’t say cheese, please.
It’s not because their clothes are too tight.
Some psychopathic traits can lead to success, at least in the short term.
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Despite the popular perception, most psychopaths aren't coldblooded or psychotic killers. Many live successfully among us, using their personality traits to get what they want.
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.
Anger and aggression are the “fight” side of the “fight or flight response”.
You're at the park with the kids. Everyone's having fun, and then a strange dog appears, baring its teeth. Your protective response is the evolutionary function of anger.
Seeing the Earth from space is likely to have a profound psychological impact on Tim Peake. But can psychologists harness this so called 'overview effect' here on terra firma using virtual reality?
Clinical perfectionists constantly strive for ambitious goals and judge their self-worth on the achievement of these goals.
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Some clinical perfectionists avoid or procrastinate because they fear not being able to meet their desired standards.
An aerial shot of Tromsø, Norway.
Could a psychological approach alleviate the misery of the cold, dark wet winter?
Make them stick.
A professor of behavioural addiction gives us his top tips for sticking to New Year's resolutions
Temporal landmarks act as demarcations between a past self, who has perhaps failed to meet goals, and the present self, who has goal pursuit at their fingertips.
Recent psychological research highlights several reasons why New Year's resolutions might actually work - as well as simple ways to set yourself up for success.
Is it really all Ho, Ho, Ho? Or could believing in Santa harm your child's development?
Atlanta Hawks fans honor Kobe Bryant after the first quarter of a game on December 5 2015.
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There's a lot of focus on the physical and financial woes of former athletes. But players must also grapple with losing a core part of their identity.