You and Your Partner Likely Remember Dates in Similar Ways

When you go to a movie with your partner, you might take away similar memories of the experience.

Let's Think About Meaning in Life

I asked people what makes their lives meaningful. Here's what they said.

Can Putting a Price on a Kidney Save Lives?

The idea of putting a value on a human organ seems bizarre—and even unconscionable. But I suggest those intuitions do us more harm than good.

Why People Like You More When You Tell All

People often prefer to hide sensitive information about themselves, thinking it will lead people to like them more. But research shows it has precisely the opposite effect.

What My Cancer Remission Has Taught Me About the Human Mind

The joy we feel following good news often seems more short-lived than the pain we feel following bad news. I explain why, and offer a thought to help bring us back to center.

Why No One Likes a Humblebragger

Research shows that people find humblebragging more off-putting than pure bragging and pure complaining.

The Logic Underlying Trump's Outrageous Comments

Trump phrases things in a way that gets through to his supporters, but leaves him almost immune from attack by his detractors.

3 Data-Driven, Practical Tips for Writing Well

Among others: unnecessarily big words make us seem less competent, not more. I explain why, and offer other practical and effective tips.

Why We Read WebMD

Research explains the impulse to look for medical information online.

We Worry About the Wrong Things

Five examples of how our minds get hung up on things that are unlikely to affect us, and overlook things more likely to matter.

The Logic of How to Quit Smoking

Having trouble quitting smoking or sticking to a healthy diet? I explain why common strategies so often fail, and offer practical, effective tips for living a healthy life.

After Dallas, Why Aren't Whites Rushing to Enact Gun Reform?

Guns are mythologized in our culture. And when something is sacred, regulating it becomes much more difficult.

Why We’re Politically Stalled Out

It's not just that we disagree with one another. We have trouble putting ourselves in our political opponents' shoes. I explain why that's bad for everyone involved.

Why Do People Buy Guns? A Behavioral Economics Perspective

Emphasizing the prevalence of guns in America (as gun control advocates often do) might lead people to buy more guns. I use behavioral economics to explain why.

5 Ways to Find Meaning in Life Following Adversity

Does the news—or troubling events in your own life—have you questioning the way the world works? Research in psychology can help.

Rethinking Marriage...and Cancer

A technique to save marriages might also help us confront cancer.

The Peculiar Thought We Often Have When Facing Illness

Some of the psychological consequences of illness are obvious. This one, less so.