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Top Posts: August 2017

Close your summer with these top reads, including essays about learning reason, artificial intelligence, evil villains, and more. Cover Image: Chevanon/Pexels
Death May Be More Positive for the Dying Than We Expect

The Positivity of Death

By Art Markman Ph.D.
Death is scary for many of us. Is it scary for people who are dying?
Male Risk of Autism: No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Male Risk of Autism

By Christopher Badcock Ph.D.
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Who Will Use Open Data?

Who Will Use Open Data?

By Mark D. Humphries Ph.D.
The motivation, and lack thereof, for sharing data in basic science.
Is There a "Superior” Sex?

Is There a "Superior” Sex?

By Glenn Geher Ph.D.
The sad truth about being male.
How Children’s Brains Learn to Reason

How Children’s Brains Learn to Reason

By Lydia Denworth
New research reveals how kids develop an essential cognitive skill.
New Research on How Waiting Impacts Consumer Behavior

How Waiting Impacts Consumer Behavior

By The Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Making the wait worthwhile
The Reign of Error

The Reign of Error

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D.
All too often, psychologists are producing studies with faulty conclusions.
Money on the Mind

Money on the Mind

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff
Researchers are exploring the influence of inequality on how we behave.
On That Google Memo About Sex Differences

On that Google Memo...

By David P Schmitt Ph.D.
A response to claims psychological sex differences are "incorrect assumptions"
The Psychology of First Impressions

The Psychology of First Impressions

By David Ludden Ph.D.
Researchers identify four facial features that drive our early judgments.
I Love Him Most of the Time

I Love Him

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D.
Most of the Time
Are Dogs Getting Cuter?

Are Dogs Getting Cuter?

By John Bradshaw Ph.D.
Flat-faced breeds push our emotional buttons, but many suffer for their looks.
How Do We Read Emotions in Robots?

How Do We Read Emotions in Robots?

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D.
Of social robots, innovation spaces, and creatively trying things out.
Currency Innovation: Bitcoin

Currency Innovation: Bitcoin

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D.
It could render bank deregulation moot.
How Conflict Is Like Sex

How Conflict Is Like Sex

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D.
Another big idea on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch.
How Social Contagion Helps Explain Our Pet Choices

Social Contagion and Pet Choices

By Hal Herzog Ph.D.
In 1939, Londoners killed 400,000 dogs and cats in four days. Why?
Do You Know Your Cat’s Personality?

Do You Know Your Cat’s Personality?

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D.
A new study explores the ‘Feline Five.’
Are Narcissists Able to Tell the Truth About Themselves?

Do Narcissists Tell the Truth About Themselves?

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
When you can believe them
Can Woodpeckers Save Football?

Can Woodpeckers Save Football?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D.
Woodpeckers ram their beaks into trees but avoid injury, unlike football players
Wealthy Is as Wealthy Feels

Wealthy Is as Wealthy Feels

By Nigel Barber Ph.D.
Feelings of economic well-being are astonishingly arbitrary.
What Are the Roots of Distress Among Refugees?

Roots of Distress Among Refugees

By Kenneth E. Miller Ph.D.
Ways to strengthen refugee well-being.
Heroes, Statues, and Moral Standards

Heroes, Statues, and Moral Standards

By Mark Alicke Ph.D.
Judging people by the norms of their time is complicated
Does Testosterone Contribute to Men's Postpartum Depression?

Men's Postpartum Depression

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D.
Postpartum depression can affect dads as well as moms.
What Were You Doing in My Dream?

What Were You Doing in My Dream?

By Rodrigo M. Braga Ph.D.
Dreams can be weird and unpredictable, so who exactly is in control of them?
The Psychopathology of Shakespeare’s Most Evil Villains

Shakespeare’s Most Evil Villains

By Dale Hartley Ph.D., MBA
"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." — MacBeth