It’s high time we put the most enduring myths about human behavior to bed, and see the mind—and the world—as it is.
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Navigating the 21st century with a stone-age mind
Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D.
When it comes to looking like a creep, the bar is set a lot lower for men. Here's why, along with some advice.
How better to resolve the ambiguity surrounding death than by looking to those individuals who have apparently crossed over and then returned to us?
Serving tasty food doesn’t do a restaurant much good if customers don’t stay long enough – or never even walk through the door in the first place. How do restaurants entice us?
There has long been a keen interest in finding a way to communicate with the dead. How better to manage our own uncertainty about life in the hereafter?
Rules regulating the freedoms of college women were absolutely draconian in 1962. In hindsight, the unabashed double standards of collegiate social regulations were jaw dropping.
Those of us who have loved a dog know the truth: Your pet is never "just a dog," which explains why we miss them so much when they pass away.
Folklore has it that the spirits of people who have killed themselves in the forest call others who are sad to the place and then lure them deep into the woods.
Whether a place seems truly haunted can very much be in the mind of the beholder.
When we experience social isolation, the lack of emotional support and comradeship can increase our anxiety and hinder our ability to cope with unusual sensory information.
Clowns are mischievous and unpredictable, and are associated with serial killers in real life and in the movies. In other words, clowns are designed to creep us out.
Can being too content actually be bad for you?
One of the oldest and most pernicious of human qualities is the ease with which we put people into categories.
Anyone with more than one child knows the balancing act of trying to treat your kids the same. Is it wasted effort?
If you are an attractive non-smoking woman who feels good and thinks quickly, your future looks bright.
Here's why certain behaviors creep us out.
Ever wonder what other people are actually doing when they look at your Facebook page? Here are some glimpses into who does what on Facebook.
Celebrities dominate the media and they are people that we all share in common. However, some of them come across as creepier than others. Why?
Like it or not, we are the descendants of busybodies, and evolutionary psychologists believe that our preoccupation with the lives of others is a byproduct of a prehistoric brain.
War is a male activity; organized fighting and killing by groups of women has simply not existed anywhere, ever. Does war really boil down to guys trying to "get the girl?"
A lack of attention from others results in a lack of status, resulting in a lack of access to women. Combined with a young man’s testosterone, it creates a toxic, combustible mix.
Many organizations have written policies for status symbols in the workplace that depend upon rank. What does your office say about your place in the organizational food chain?
The mail order bride business as it now operates may be in the perverse position of attempting to match independent, nontraditional women with very traditional Western men.
What is it in our evolutionary past that makes some types of houses feel so creepy?
We hold heroes in such high esteem because they act in a noble and virtuous manner, setting aside any thoughts of their own well being for the good of others. Or do they?
Will owning a gun sometimes protect good people from bad people? Yes, of course. Will owning a gun make a person more likely to be murdered or to die of suicide? Yes, of course.
Naming children after their fathers may be an intentional strategy used by mothers to foster stronger bonds between children and their fathers.
In the words of poet Robert Frost, "Home is the place that, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." But how do you decide where "home" is?
Is it the collision between evolved psychological mechanisms and the nature of the modern high school that is to blame for the dogged persistence of high school memories?
Have you ever had the eerie feeling that you were being watched? Ever seen a ghost? It appears that “spirits” visit humans at predictable times and places.
What is it with old dudes and motorcycles? Is it the simple joy of having something powerful throbbing between your legs once again?
Frank McAndrew, Ph.D., is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College.