Praising Children May Encourage Them to Cheat

Praise is important for emotional growth. But new research shows that the way praise is worded—even for three-year-olds—can have a significant impact on their moral choices.

How Speaking a Second Language Affects the Way You Think

The effort of speaking a second language impacts decision-making processes, but in unexpected ways.

Why We Forget Names (But Not Faces)

Humans are quite good at recognizing familiar faces, but we often fail to remember even familiar names.

The Look of a Leader

Research shows that we select our leaders—whether in politics, business, or informal groups—based on the features of their faces, even when other information may be more relevant.

Facing Your Depression

Researchers are working on a new treatment for depression you can put on your mobile device—but a self-help version is already available.

The Psychology of First Impressions

Researchers identify four facial features that drive our first impressions of others.

Fact and Fiction in Mixed-Race Marriages

Biracial partners face some special challenges, but mostly they struggle with the same problems as other couples.

Coping With Your Partner’s Annoying Behaviors

If we’re mindful about the true source of the minor irritations in our life, we can more fully appreciate the good things our partner does for us each day.

All the Lonely People — Where Do They All Come From?

Social networks are vital for good health and well-being, but it is quality and not quantity of relationships that counts.
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How to Deal With Your Partner’s Jealousy

If your understand your own and your partner’s attachment style, you can effectively resolve the inevitable conflicts in your relationship.

The Psychology of Selfies

A new study shows how people adjust the camera angle of their selfies to manage the impression they want to make on other persons.

It’s Not the Sex, But the Afterglow

When it comes to marital happiness, frequent sex is not enough—it also has to be memorable.

The Best Way to Make New Friends

A new Harvard study shows that people like us more when we let them do most of the talking.

Is Porn Use Really Harmful to Relationships?

New research on porn and relationships: Despite the strident claims that scientists have proven porn use is harmful to relationships, there is in fact no such evidence.

Why So Many Unhappy Couples Stay Together

Future expectations are a better predictor of whether a relationship will last than are current levels of satisfaction.

Can Envy Ever Be a Positive Emotion?

Envy lets us know about our rank in the pecking order. But how we respond determines whether the outcome will be destructive or help us become better people.

Is It Truly Better to Give Than to Receive?

When we give, we reap more than we sow, as long as we do so willingly and believe it will help.

Is Monogamy Really the Key to Happiness?

The common wisdom is that open relationships are less satisfying and more prone to jealousy than conventional matrimony. But the data say otherwise.

Is Divorce Bad for Your Health?

Those who are ill-equipped for the demands of marriage won’t survive divorce very well either.

What Is Your Conflict Style?

Conflict is inevitable, but how couples approach it determines whether their relationship will be strengthened as a result, or torn apart.

Why Some Relationships Fail Even When We Do Everything Right

Stresses outside of a marriage hit partners with a double whammy, depriving them of quality "together time" and depleting their resolve for good communication.

Effective Communication During Relationship Conflict

No communication style works in all cases. Instead, we need to tailor our approach to the specifics of the situation.

Why the Best Relationships Don't Follow the Golden Rule

According to recent research, to get what you want out of a relationship, you first have to give your partner what they want.

Blame It on the Autopilot

We pass our days in routine and habit, only vaguely aware of our actions. So why do we assume others know exactly what they’re doing?

How to Overcome Math Anxiety

A major international study looks at the relationship between math performance and math anxiety around the world.

Don’t Let Your Thinking Sabotage Your Goals

How you see yourself in the future can either help or hinder your ability to delay gratification.

For Better or for Worse?

It takes both partners working together to make marriage a heaven on earth — or a living hell.

What Your ZIP Code Says About You

Where you lives tells a lot about what kind of person you are.

Is Neuroscience the Future or the End of Psychology?

Neuroscience has become the dominant paradigm in psychology. Some think it will even replace psychology altogether.

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

The Miranda ruling was intended to protect the innocent from making false confessions. But does it work?

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