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New research examines personality differences between left and right-cradlers.
New research examines the postnatal effects of benzodiazines and z-hypnotics.
A new study explores the pros and cons of the "social media vacation" trend.
A new study suggests that nubility, not fertility, is the key to attractiveness.
New research explores adult romantic attachment styles and pronoun use.
New research adds two new "chronotypes" to the familiar morning/night dichotomy.
A new study compares friendship formation online versus in person.
A new study examines the molecular connection between diet and depression.
New research explores attitudes towards life-extending technologies.
A new study hints at a novel and promising treatment for alcohol use disorder.
A new study finds that same-sex marriage legalization reduces anti-gay bias.
Researchers tracked thousands of conversations to uncover gossip's hidden insights.
New research examines women's personality trajectories from mid- to later-life.
A new study finds heightened intimacy among couples who use marijuana together.
A new study examines the vocal characteristics of "high fertility" women.
There is mounting evidence that psilocybin can effectively treat depression.
New research charts the trajectory of optimism over the lifespan.
New research examines gender differences in the interpretation of emojis.
A new study examines how much of caffeine withdrawal is real versus imagined.
New research sheds light on this evolutionary conundrum.
New research explores the social information conveyed by facial hair.
New research examines why some people cheat while others remain faithful.
Psychologists unpack the effects of the #NoMakeupSelfie movement.
New research shows increased body appreciation among people who practice yoga.
New research finds there may be more cooperation among parents in religious societies.
Research shows that people's partner "types" are shaped by their environment.
New research suggests the answer may depend on your gender.
Research suggests the gender EQ gap may not be as wide as previously thought.
People's notions of how good a catch they are may not correspond to reality.
New research shows that media attention can reduce racial bias in some domains.
Mark Travers, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, data enthusiast, and popular science writer.