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Top Posts of 2016

It's been a helluva year. From oxytocin to famous brains, here's a recap of the best from the PT blogs. Cover Image: Irina Bg/Shutterstock
The Story Behind Psychology’s Most Famous Brain

Psychology’s Most Famous Brain

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
What really happened to H.M.’s brain?
The Dark Side of Oxytocin

The Dark Side of Oxytocin

By Christopher Badcock Ph.D.
An archetypal social hormone
Are Pet Owners Really at Greater Risk of Cancer?

Are Pet Owners Really at Greater Risk of Cancer?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D.
The surprising results of a new "big data"
The Importance of Being Moral

The Importance of Being Moral

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
It will make you liked and respected, though perhaps not understood.
The Data Says "Don't Hug the Dog!"

Don't Hug the Dog!

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC
New data shows that hugging your dog raises its stress and anxiety levels.
A Return of Psychedelic Medications?

A Return of Psychedelic Medications?

By Eugene Rubin M.D., Ph.D.
Does evidence support use
How Many Straight People Are There?

How Many Straight People Are There?

By Ritch C Savin-Williams Ph.D.
That’s not an easy question to answer.
Think More, Eat Less?  Memory Can Make Us Eat Less

Think More, Eat Less?

By Alan Castel Ph.D.
Thinking about a past or future meal can lead to less snacking.
The Psychology Of Getting Anyone to Like You

How to Get Anyone to Like You

By Jonathan Wai Ph.D.
Use knowledge to nail the first impression
The Social Psychology of a Nation Divided

The Social Psychology of a Nation Divided

By Glenn Geher Ph.D.
The fallible nature of human social perception and the 2016 election
10 Discoveries About Well-Being That Everyone Must Know

10 Discoveries About Well-Being

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D.
New research on what influences and is influenced by well-being
10 Things to Try When You’re Feeling Lonely

When You’re Feeling Lonely

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
Here are ten ways to ease the pain of loneliness.
For Those With Alzheimer’s, a Place to Remember

For Those With Alzheimer’s

By Ira Hyman Ph.D.
A place to remember
Why We're Having More Same-Sex Relationships Than Ever

Why Are More People Having Sex With Both Men and Women?

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D.
The ramifications of a more accepting culture.
Social Anxiety: Mapping Its 7 Key Components

Mapping Social Anxiety

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D.
Factors that give rise to the condition
In Defense of Authenticity and Being Yourself

In Defense of Authenticity

By Mark D. White Ph.D.
Honesty is a virtue that has to be practiced with discretion, not by rules.
Can Millennial Physicians Carry Medicine?

Can Millennial Physicians Carry Medicine?

By Haider Warraich M.D.
How mentorship might be the answer
The Shortcut to Finding Your Purpose in Life

Finding Your Purpose in Life

By Karl Pillemer Ph.D.
The key is interviewing your future self.
Is My Child Normal?

Is My Child Normal?

By Ara Francis Ph.D.
The question can do more harm than good.
So, What Is Distraction Again?

So, What Is Distraction Again?

By Alex Pang Ph.D.
We often confuse distraction with mind-wandering. This is a mistake.
The Downside of Having Nothing to Hide

Nothing to Hide

By David Berreby
In the future, our motives will be transparent. That's not good.
How to Make Public Bike-Sharing More Popular

Making Bike-Sharing More Popular

By Utpal Dholakia
Managing riders' physical risk perceptions is crucial for adoption and growth.
What the Most Creative Countries in the World Do

What the Most Creative Countries in the World Do

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D.
Are you willing to revise your vision of growth?
Grit Revisited

Grit Revisited

By Michael D. Matthews Ph.D.
For military teams, is the whole greater than the sum of its parts?
There May Be More Eyes on You Than You Think

Eyes on You

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff
New studies find evidence of an “invisibility cloak illusion.”