People who dive into misinformation are driven to satisfy an emotional need, according to our new research.
Lots of people will do a lot to avoid feeling negative emotions. But researchers are figuring out how these unpleasant feelings actually have benefits.
Time’s elasticity is part of how we process it.
Laughter is so fundamental that animals like chimps, rats and dogs share the ability with humans. But in people it serves more serious social functions than just letting others know you’re having fun.
Deep psychological factors play a part in obesity, including childhood trauma.
Fear has important consequences for how people vote, what they spend their money on, who they consider to be part of their communities, and who they treat as outsiders.
Decreased patience and heightened emotions have created a cycle of frustration, with rude customers having abrupt interactions with stressed out service workers.
The idea of healing benefits and emotional catharsis through reading is intuitively appealing. But does it work that way? Jane Turner Goldsmith finds answers in neuroscience, philosophy and more.
In a systematic review of existing studies, researchers found that air pollution such as fine particulate matter can interfere with regions of the brain responsible for emotional regulation.
Going out of your way to get grossed out might seem like a contradiction of human nature. But it serves a strong evolutionary purpose.
They say to improve your mood you should fake a smile and roll with the crowd. But research suggests the more pressure you feel to be happy, the worse you’ll end up feeling.
A better understanding of language and its neuroscientific basis would help us handle linguistic issues throughout our lives.
Science denial is not new, but researchers have learned a lot about it. Here’s why it exists, how everyone is susceptible to it in one way or another and steps to take to overcome it.
Memories are closely linked with music.
Neuroscientists tackling the age-old question of whether perceptions of color hold from one person to the next are coming up with some interesting answers.
History holds some lessons about when scaring people to change their behavior works. Two public health experts offer a case for caution right now.
Whether in the form of a discreet titter or a full-on roar, laughter comes with many benefits for physical and mental health.
Some have equated the German word with small-minded cruelty. But the word’s meaning is more nuanced.
Rather than a vaccine to beef up your immune system, a psychoactive substance could boost your cooperative, pro-social behavior – curtailing the selfish actions that spur on coronavirus’s spread.
With the county facing a crisis in emotional health, we may need two vaccines: one for COVID-19 and another for toxic stress. Here’s a technique for dealing with all that stress.