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Things May Look Better When You Have Company

Bringing a friend along to the movies or a trip to the museum could make you enjoy it more—even if you don’t interact with your friend. Here's why.

Arts-Based Activities Boost Emotion Regulation, Study Finds

We all know from life experience that creative expression makes us feel good. Now, a new study reaffirms that arts-based activities boost positive emotions and reduce negativity.

Will Emojis Ever Mean the Same Thing to Everyone?

Apple introduced new emojis yesterday, but we barely agree about the old ones.
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Timing Matters in the Effects of Neglect on Development

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Adopting Reason
How much can stable, nurturing homes help children overcome the effects of severe early neglect?

Relationship Satisfaction Entails Playing By the Rules

Alternative relationship types come under scientific scrutiny in a new study on monogamous, open, and polyamorous couples. As long as you play fair, it seems that anything goes.

Infant Gut Microbiome May Influence Cognitive Development

In the past month, two pioneering human studies have revealed fresh clues on how various colonies of gut microbiome influence brain function and cognitive development.

No, Empathy Isn’t a Universal Value

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
Which countries score the highest on empathy?

Make Up or Break Up? 5 Ways Couples Reconcile After a Fight

New research has identified what men and women think are the most effective tactics used by couples to reconcile after a conflict.

Yoga Can Slow Effects of Stress and Aging, Studies Suggest

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 14, 2017 in Urban Survival
New research suggests that doing yoga regularly can help reduce the harmful effects of stress and aging on the body.

What’s in It for Women? Vs. What’s in It for My Husband?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Living Single
A new study suggests that single women think differently than married women in a way that helps explain why they vote reliably for Democrats and married women do not.

Does Testosterone Really Just Make Men Aggressive?

The conventional wisdom about testosterone is that it drives aggressiveness and competition. But new research reveals that social rank is also important.

Can Coffee Help Your Live Longer?

Coffee can definitely be part of a healthy diet. Moreover, new research shows that coffee intake is tied to longevity among people of various races and ethnicities.

Why Kids With Pets Are Better Off

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Animals and Us
Even the researchers were surprised by results of a large new study on the impact of pets on child development.

The Impact of Vocational Interests on Life

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
There are many characteristics of people that affect the choices they make in life. We often focus on personality traits. But what about interests in work?

Why Early-Life Dreams Correlate with Adult Nightmares

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How can your earliest memories shape the nightmares you might be experiencing as an adult? And what might it mean for adults dealing with frequent nightmares?

Research Suggests a Cure for Neuroticism

High levels of neuroticism are associated with feelings of anxiety, worry, and a general tendency to fret. New research suggests a way to tame these unpleasant emotions.

How Pediatric OCD Impacts the Whole Family

OCD can take a significant toll on family.

Caution: Memory at Work

By Paula Croxson Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Selective Memory
A new study sheds light on how we keep our minds on the task at hand even when faced with the distractions of modern life.

Long-Term Effects of Violence Toward Animals by Youngsters

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Encouraging youngsters to kill other animals can have devastating and enduring effects. A phenomenon called "the link" should concern New Zealanders as they wage war on wildlife.

Trump and Putin Do a Scene from a TV Series at G20 Summit

Artists unknowingly predict and sometimes create the future through their work. These coincidences point to a greater mind of which we are all a part.
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Threesomes Are Interesting, But It Depends

Straight men are more willing to engage in threesomes if two women are involved, especially if the participants are known individuals.

The Most Important Communication Skill You Will Ever Need

Our social lives are heavily influenced by the nature of the conversations we hold. New communications research shows how to make your conversations work for you.

At Wimbledon, Grunts May Separate Winners from Losers

Two new studies reaffirm that speaking (or grunting) in a lower pitch voice can make you appear less submissive in daily life and help you perform better in sporting competitions.

Keeping Secrets Is Bad for You. This Is Why.

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 06, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
It seems obvious that keeping secrets is bad for you. It may also seem obvious why secrets are bad for your well-being. You're probably wrong about that.

Three New Findings on Intelligence and Giftedness

Some brand new findings on human intelligence and giftedness from the International Society for Intelligence Research.

The Secret Reason That Sex Is So Good for Your Relationship

It’s almost a given that couples with good relationships are more likely to enjoy sex with each other. New research shows why sex has such a positive impact.

Does Your Name Fit Your Face?

New research by psychologists from New Zealand suggests that there are negative social consequences if our name doesn't match our face.

Do Men Have A Biological Clock?

Doctors Find That Men May Have a Biological Clock too

Large Study Finds Pet Owners Are Different

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in Animals and Us
New research shows pet owners and non-pet owners differ in important ways. Does this explain the positive impact of dogs and cats on human health?

The Bronx Hospital Shooter: A Chronic Catathymic Crisis?

Who shoots up a workplace two years after being fired? Someone who is obsessed with that incident, who has ruminated about it, and fantasized about revenge.

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