Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Unpacking evolutionary psychology
Jesse Marczyk Ph.D.
Does more makeup mean more interest in sex? Maybe.
Research had suggested that holding a pen between your teeth made you find comics more funny. It turns out that's probably wrong.
Students at private schools tend to do better academically than those at public schools. But this may have little to do with the school itself.
Taking pictures may be preventing you from living in the moment, so to speak
When it comes to being trusted, having some religion is better than none. Why?
The world seems less fair to the unattractive and poor.
To understand what makes a great leader, you need to first understand what followers are shopping around for.
A recent paper claimed that bullying causes psychosis, and that's probably wrong.
As younger children play more games with in-game purchases available, debates have begun to arise over whether games with loot boxes should be banned from their hands.
Human irrationality is often more rational than it looks. You just need the right context
Seeing into the future to predict where romantic effort would be best invested may be more doable than previously envisioned.
Do chimps like strong males because of evolution or culture, and are those competing explanations?
Examining the reaction of men to male and female player voices in Halo 3
When it is is good to give up
Thinking about when creativity is liable to thrive and wither.
Explaining sex differences in more objective fields
If your reasoning is immune to evidence, you aren't doing science.
A recent study failed to find a benefit of demographic diversity in business outcomes. Why might we have expected that?
It's been found that diversity itself predicts business success. As it turns out, that finding was the result of some mistakes.
To what extent does promiscuity drive attitudes towards homosexuality?
Some people think the world of academia is biased against women when it comes to hiring. Turns out just the opposite is true
Sex doesn't sell all types of products equally well, new research shows.
A new study claims that the relationships between dads and daughters are important for shaping daughters' future sexual behavior. The evidence doesn't seem that clear to me.
When visual acuity begins to decay with old age, there isn't much of a mystery. When eyes fail to develop properly in young children, that's substantially stranger.
The worst performers are the most unaware of how bad they are, relative to others.
Why are insults between friends cordial, but insults between strangers aren't?
Words need agreed-upon meanings if you want them to do anything useful.
If you want to know how much research tells you about the real world, you better understand how closely the two things resemble each other. In this case, not very much.
Despite the focus on inequality as a driver of human unhappiness, the reverse seems to be true. Inequality is either related to increased satisfaction, or no relationship exists.
Biology is costly, and organisms only invest in it when the probability of returns is deemed high enough
Jesse Marczyk, Ph.D., studies evolutionary psychology and writes the blog Pop Psychology.