Your partner might think they're providing valuable encouragement, but a new study shows how it can backfire.
Ethology, social psychology and criminology can help us understand why humans lie and why scammer scam.
A new study highlights the importance of the 'intergroup sensitivity effect' in comedy, which gives people license to tell certain jokes, but not others.
You're just as likely to be a victim of a mass shooting as you are to be struck by lightning. So why do nearly 50% of Americans say they're afraid of being caught in the crossfire?
How members of America's two parties view the country – and its place in the world – might explain this phenomenon.
Music doesn't get objectively worse over time. So why do older generations scoff at each new top 40 hit?
Inequality, poverty, austerity, pollution and a faster pace of life all put strains on city-dwellers – but insights from psychology could help create a more supportive urban environment.
Three classic examples of the "Mandala Effect" debunked.
Open plan offices can suck the life out of workplaces. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Schadenfreude seems to arise out of envy and a sense of justice. But some psychologists believe a darker impulse is at play.
Social psychologists have been busy documenting the harmful effects that this brand of chivalry has on women. But are they missing something?
Researchers analyzed troves of messages sent between matches and found that the fibs people tell are usually rational ones that serve a purpose.
Politicians on the right surely wipe with their left hand; and vice versa?
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?
In the US, smiling is a reflexive gesture of goodwill, but Russians view it as a sign of stupidity. Social psychology research could help explain this cultural contrast.
Time often seems to fly by when you're a parent. A social psychologist explains why it actually – and fortunately – does not.
We can disagree with co-workers in meetings. We can argue about sports with friends. A new study explores why politics seems to be an entirely different beast.
It isn't cheating, per se. But if you're in a committed relationship and have multiple 'back burners' that you keep in touch with, is your relationship doomed?
Rather than simply trying to trick people, the masters of marketing know it's much easier to understand and work with innate human flaws.
Social media is making it easier than ever to measure your perceived popularity against your peers in ways that damage are well-being.