My Son Is Afraid of the Uncanny Valley

Isn't it a moral violation that images we would never choose to look at pop up on our computers—AND INTO OUR HEADS—without our permission? I'm all for free speech (and images). But really, shouldn't we be able to not look?

The Death of Mr. Economicus

For many years, we thought humans were rational. Homo economicus was the protagonist of the human story, and he knew what he was about. He was the James Bond of decision making, and he didn't let the universe push him around. The only problem was that he didn't exist.

The Psychology of Wonder

Who we are is a consequence of our internal model, and when we change that by learning something new, we change our understanding of ourselves.

If Thoughts Were Photons

What you believe may depend more on how you get to certain places in your head and less on what’s in there in the first place.

Creating and Caring for Your New Neurons

Neurons are born in your brain throughout your life. How many are born and how long they live depend, respectively, on exercise and effortful learning.

Why Counting on Your Dreams to Come True May Not Be Worth It

Failures of affective forecasting are associated with overlooking the details of the future. But affective forecasting at all is associated with overlooking the details of the present.

The Rise of Simplistic Language

Bilingualism is changing the world, and it's changing language too.

Seven Simple Email Tips That Improve Communication

I've written some horrible emails—emails that crashed through the atmosphere of other people's lives and left 500-kilometer comet tails of smoke and hatred. But then I got control of my life.

Are Top Executives Paid Enough?

What's the problem with what the market will bear?

If You Want More Out of Life, Just Ask

There is no technique in the psychological literature with more power to persuade than simply asking.

Creationism vs. Evolution: It's a Trick

Creationism vs. Evolution? So what should you believe? If we're talking about science, then you shouldn't believe without question in either of them.

Coca Cola and the Shrinking American Minority

People who open their eyes can actually see farther than their genes. If there is a message in evolutionary studies of human behavior, that's it.

The Myth of Age-Related Cognitive Decline

The evidence is mounting that older people are just plain smarter.

The Psychology of Becoming Walter White

Six reasons why no one is safe from breaking bad

Retirement, Wisdom and the Aging Decision Maker

Do older people compensate for age-related cognitive decline with greater knowledge?

The Upside and Downside of Middle-Aged Risk Taking

What exactly is a mid-life crisis and how would you know if you were having one? More specifically, is there evidence that such a thing even exists? If so, what are the symptoms? Does mid-life put you at risk of divorce, dying in a motorcycle accident, or failing to open your parachute?