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What is love?

Many people experience love differently. But regardless of the differences in how it's experienced and how it changes over time, humans are social creatures who are deeply fascinated by it. 
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Is isolation a feeling?

Emotions and feelings can be thought of as judgments: considered responses to what is happening.
Coffins of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and others are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners. Majid Saeedi via Getty Images

Large turnouts for Soleimani’s funeral in Iran carry powerful collective emotions – just as Americans saw during the colonial era

Iranian leaders seem eager to use the powerful emotions surrounding his death to coalesce power around the regime. History shows that mass mourning is a powerful way to bring people together.
Gyms start to empty as more and more people give up their New Year’s resolutions. AP Photo/Sang Tan

Why your New Year’s resolution to go to the gym will fail

Gym memberships spike as people make their New Year's resolutions – but very few people will actually use them past February.
The emotion of lassitude might help your body fight off infection by making certain adjustments. Kalinka Georgieva/Shutterstock.com

Feeling sick is an emotion meant to help you get better faster

Fighting off infection comes with predictable psychological and behavioral features. Now researchers suggest an emotion coordinates this response to help you get better. They call it 'lassitude.'
Those smiles probably aren’t thanks to tryptophan. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Turning to turkey’s tryptophan to boost mood? Not so fast

Tryptophan, found in food, is an important ingredient in the neurotransmitter serotonin. But is that enough to support it as a possible mood booster? The research is decidedly mixed.

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