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Top Posts of 2018

Amidst another year of transient, turbulent news cycles, behavioral scientists and writers continue to explore the eternal aspects of human nature, and to shine a light on a few contemporary sagas, such as the definition of autism or a tribe untouched by time. A few remarkable takes follow:

Is Religion Good or Bad for Us?

By David B. Feldman Ph.D.

What Narcissists Thrive On

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.

What Makes You Great Can Kill You

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H.

Selective Skepticism

By Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D.

With Whom Do We Compare?

By Richard H. Smith Ph.D.

The Polarization of America

By Glenn Geher Ph.D.

Is the Definition of Autism Too Broad?

By John Elder Robison

Why Does Cloning Your Dog Seem Wrong?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D.

The Fantasy of Love

By Mark D. White Ph.D.

Why Do People Believe in God?

By David Ludden Ph.D.

Falling for the Nigerian Prince Scam?

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D.

People Learn to Punish Moral Violations

By Art Markman Ph.D.

Break Through to a Breakthrough

By Hal McDonald Ph.D.

Why Republicans Listen to Country Music

By Cody Kommers

Another Crossroads for the APA

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D.

Ketamine: Old Drug, New Tricks

By Emily Deans M.D.

Jealousy in Dogs

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D.

Making Sense of Character Strengths

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D.

Why You Need a Social Convoy

By Lydia Denworth

A Real Dietary Treatment for Depression

By David Rettew M.D.

The Human Voice Is Medicine

By Bruce Grierson

Getting Sleep Back on Track

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D.

Bragging on Social Media

By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D.

Are There Really Four Personality Types?

By Matthew Hutson

Corrupt Politicians

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D.

Climate Change Worsens Mental Health

By Grant Hilary Brenner MD, FAPA

The Power of Expectation

By Vanessa LoBue Ph.D.

How Schools Thwart Passions

By Peter Gray Ph.D.

Do Pets Affect Partner Preferences?

By Robert P. Burriss Ph.D.

The Evolutionary Role of Narcissistic Sociopaths

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D.

Why Alcohol Misuse May Be the Forgotten Addiction

By John F. Kelly Ph.D., ABPP

The Hothouse Earth

By Paul Thagard Ph.D.

A Universal Translator for Dog Language

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC

The College Student Mental Health Crisis

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D.

On the Tip of the Tongue?

By Anne M. Cleary Ph.D.

Why People Worry Much More Than They Need To

By Mark Leary Ph.D.

The Science of Fresh Starts

By ​​​​​​​Nick Hobson, Ph.D., Leandra McIntosh, and Maryam Marashi

7 Common Misconceptions About Anxiety

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D.

Is Your Mind Under Your Control?

By Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin, Ph.D.

Problem Solving Buffers the Brain Against Anxiety

By David DiSalvo

Why You Can’t Think Straight When You’re Sleep Deprived

By Michael J Breus Ph.D.