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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Kevin Bennett Ph.D.
In times of panic, anxiety, and sickness, we are reminded of the emotional connection we have with maps. A good map should help you make sense of risk and uncertainty.
Human faces, especially eyes, communicate a wealth of information. Research shows that some people are better at reading emotions and inferring mental states.
Hostile architecture, or defensive design, is nothing new. Historically, it has been used to deter the homeless in big cities and keep the public out of public spaces.
This Thanksgiving will be different for many of us, but we can find comfort in these two enduring questions.
Is urban life killing our happiness and well-being? Here are three important questions in the field of urban design and mental health.
At age 19, attempted suicide. Today he helps everyone he can by uncovering stories that resonate.
Have you ever wondered why some large crowd gatherings are peaceful while others turn violent and disorderly? These ideas can help us understand why.
Both men and women strongly associate meat with masculinity, but new research shows that not all men see meat the same way.
Thinking about utopia in the midst of a pandemic? Don't feel guilty—this may be the perfect time to consider what we desire and value most and plan for a better tomorrow.
Here are 3 ways to evaluate the quality of your Facebook groups.
Are the new social norms here to stay? An old story about five monkeys could tell us something about our epic quest to alter the behavioral patterns of 327 million Americans.
Every day we face two fundamentally different worlds, the physical and psychological. We often see well-being separately from physical design, but research suggests we should not.
Research in evolutionary psychology suggests that, when women pursue short-term mates, they are motivated by partner quality, not quantity. Not so for men. Why?
Video games are more realistic and immersive than ever. Does this mean that playing a violent game leads to violent behavior in real life?
Four psychological disasters we wish we could avoid.
Are you a good tipper? Here are a couple of ways to think about it.
Is the constant storm of newly manufactured artificial things getting you down? Demographers say population growth is part of the problem, but maybe psychology can fix it.
The only thing we have to fear is…actually there are boatloads of things to worry about. But we spend too much time panicking about the wrong ones.
Seeking new places to hide? Did you know that the tactics you use to explore your surroundings reveal much about your evolved vigilance and confidence? Here's how it works.
Many of our aesthetic preferences— from landscape beauty to food and entertainment – are the lingering result of natural selection, not arbitrary preferences for colors and shapes.
Have you started to suspect that your boyfriend shows little empathy or isn't very fun? Here are 9 ways to tell if he is the total opposite of Mr. Right.
The history of human aggression is long and troubling. Why do so many of us keep getting into conflicts that escalate to the point of violence?
Mate poaching and narcissism: Are there romantic competitors out there ready to poach your partner?
How understanding our evolutionary past can help us find peace, love, and happiness today.
Remember when you said you would never join Twitter, Facebook, or own a cell phone? You don't want to be late to the party this time around.
From the standpoint of social efficiency and evolved design, there may be an ideal group size.
Are you haunted by romantic regret? Research explores two ways we experience regret: “I can’t believe I dated him!” vs. “I’ll never know what could have been.”
Can you spot active shooters before they become violent? Based on recent shootings, a new FBI report identifies pre-attack behavioral signals to watch out for.
Here is one thing you can do to get a narcissist to feel empathy. Research shows that narcissists are capable of humanitarian kindness if it is presented in a specific way.
Recent findings underscore the dual nature of cities: Rapid growth often leads to positive economic results, but may be psychologically problematic.
Kevin Bennett, Ph.D., is a full teaching professor in psychology at The Pennsylvania State University, Beaver Campus and a fellow at the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health in London, UK.