Top 25: November 2013

Top 25: November 2013

Check out our top posts of the month, including: the different reasons we kiss, how to treat your (future) self better, and the cloudy science of good and evil.

8. Ghost in the Machine

By Maureen Seaberg
15-year-old Houston synesthete experiencing mirror-touch with machines

1. Yes, Katy Perry’s Performance Was Racist

By Ravi Chandra M.D.
Here's why it ignited a firestorm.

3. What’s in a Kiss

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D.
In sexual politics, the kiss is both ambassador and spy.

4. Best Kept Secret of Successful Couples

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.
Tthe impact of romantic style.

12. Why Did Lee Harvey Oswald Kill JFK?

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D.
What motivated Oswald to assassinate JFK?

5. Night Owls and Early Risers Have Different Brains

By Michael J Breus Ph.D.
Research finds major differences in the brains of night owls and early risers.

2. Why You Shouldn’t Marry for Love

By Susan Pease Gadoua L.C.S.W.
Thoughts from a divorce expert

6. Nine Ways to Become Smarter Than You Think

By Jonathan Wai Ph.D.
Some lessons from Clive Thompson on how to get smarter

9. Seven Ways to Enforce Healthy Boundaries

By Susan Biali M.D.
Strategies to avoid overwhelm and create boundaries that keep you sane

10. The Five Ingredients of an Effective Apology

By Guy Winch Ph.D.
Most apologies don’t work but here's how to fix them

11. Do Good People Turn Evil?

By Adam Grant Ph.D.
We might have drawn the wrong conclusions from the Milgram and Zimbardo studies.

7. Being Considerate Of Your Future Self

By Alex Lickerman M.D.
How thinking of your future self like someone else will improve your decisions

13. The Other Dimension of Sex

By Berit Brogaard D.M.Sci., Ph.D
An intense state of physical and psychological arousal may not equal great sex.

21. The Amazing Effect of Witnessing Acts of Kindness

By Steve Taylor Ph.D.
Why do we have peak experiences when we see people being kind to each other?

14. The Two Best Questions For Your Sex Life

By Ken Page L.C.S.W.
Discovering new portals to more meaningful sex

16. Why Natural Learning Fails in Classrooms

By Peter Gray
When classroom teaching does not mimic natural learning.

17. Confronting the World’s Great Unrecognized Crisis

By Guy P. Harrison
A simple solution to a big problem.

25. Hurting at the Holidays?

By Peg Streep
Coping with your less-than-ideal family during the season of thanks and joy

18. Happy Wife, Happy Life?

By Lian Bloch Ph.D.
Wives’ ability to calm during conflict impacts marital satisfaction.

15. Why Does This Baby Cry When Her Mother Sings?

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D.
Communicating emotion through face and melody

19. How Comedians are like Mountain Climbers

By Gil Greengross Ph.D.
The unique personalities of stand-up comedians

22. Why Introverts and Extroverts Attract Each Other

By Linda and Charlie Bloom
Finding someone like yourself may not be such a good idea.

23. When Solitude Becomes Isolation

By Sophia Dembling
Getting out when you start getting weird

24. 6 Signs of Narcissism You May Not Know

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
How can you recognize the fragility behind the narcissist’s grandiosity?

20. The Importance of Allowing Yourself to Relax

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D.
For the love of a lazy Sunday