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An interview with The Native Society.

Love, Trust, and Sexual Infidelity

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in Feeling Smart
Can a medication based on oxytocin treat sexual infidelity?

Are Dogs Really Smarter Than Cats?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on December 06, 2017 in Canine Corner
A look at their brain structure might help answer the question.

When Does a Woman Prefer a Feminine to a Masculine Man?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Do women who are attracted to men prefer a macho, masculine appearance? Or is a gentler, more feminine face the ideal?

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What Is the Future of Intelligence?

By Richard Yonck on December 11, 2017 in The Intelligence Report
We human beings are continually being changed by our technology. How has this affected us and how might it influence our future?

Moral Relativism Is Tricky, but Smarter Than the Alternative

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in Ambigamy
When push comes to shove, we dig in our heels, pretending that nature or the supernatural stands for what we stand for. That's a problem worth keeping an eye on.
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Romantic Love, Casual Sex, and Human Ecology

Do harsh environments foster short-term mating, and rich ones long-term commitment? Environmental effects on reproductive strategies are more complicated than one might think.

Why We Are Conscious

Why are we conscious creatures instead of unconscious ones?

Psychotherapy Is THE Biological Treatment

Psychiatric problems come purely from traumatic adaptations as digested by our temperament. Psychotherapy deactivates problematic brain mappings and activates healthier ones.

Smoking in Adaptive Perspective

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in The Human Beast
People continue to smoke at the expense of survival, vigor, and reproductive success. Why?

Are Millennials Evolved for a Non-Existent World?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 06, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Don't be a hater. Hate the game, not the player? With millennials, do we have a prayer? A brief idiomatic essay on human evolution.

Don’t Listen to Your Lizard Brain

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on December 03, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
10 million years of evolution has led to the development of the neocortex to control our primitive drives. So why does it seem to fail so frequently?

10 Evolutionary Psychological Concepts That People Don’t Get

Evolutionary psychology is a powerful framework for understanding human behavior. Unfortunately, the field is woefully misrepresented. Here's how.

The Two Channels of Empathy

By Lydia Denworth on December 02, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is empathy an instinctive sharing of emotion? Or is it understanding how other people feel? According to the latest scientific thinking, it's both.

Roy Moore and Sexual Abuse of Young Women

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in The Human Beast
Conservative politicians seem compelled by a malicious elf to behave in ways that expose their rabid hypocrisies in public.

What Makes a Healthy Face?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Psychologists who study facial appearance judgments have been unsure what makes a face appear healthier: shape or skin color. Until now...

Online Games, Harassment, and Sexism

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in Pop Psych
Examining the reaction of men to male and female player voices in Halo 3

The Original Sex Scandal

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on November 24, 2017 in The Political Animal
Sexual predators are having a hard time. Over 200 years ago, Alexander Hamilton anticipated them.

Evolutionary Psychology and Enlightenment

Programed for dissatisfaction? Thank your evolutionary roots. Consider enlightenment as a strategy to improve your well-being and to become a better person.

On the Virtue of Not Knowing

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on November 24, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Dawkins's has said that religion teaches the false virtue of accepting our not understanding the world. Is he right?

A Solution to The Biggest Mystery You've Learned to Ignore

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Ambigamy
You've probably never thought to ask even though it's the question behind all your big questions: What is trying and how did it start?

Charles Manson: The Cult of Personality Surrounding a Killer

Researchers propose that murderers can be idolized and found attractive precisely because of their homicidal behavior.

Darwin's Classroom

According to a recent study, having an elementary school education that matches features of our ancestral past has positive and far-reaching outcomes in life. Here is why.

Are Dogs Insanely Friendly Because of Their Genetics?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 16, 2017 in Canine Corner
A genetic abnormality which causes extreme friendliness in people also causes the friendliness we observe in dogs.

Sexual Variety

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in The Human Beast
There is an astonishing amount of variation in sexual behavior around the globe and over time. Many of these differences can be explained as adaptive responses to the environment.

Kindness is a Risky Business

Kindness is the last thing many of us want to try in these ideologically-divided times - but rethinking what kindness is and how to leverage it can reveal new solutions.

Why Undergo Cosmetic Surgery?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Two new studies investigate why women decide to undergo cosmetic surgery. How influential are partners and the culture we live in?

Your Primal Wound: What Happened in Childhood?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Psychosynthesis considers a human life to move toward self-realization but many get detoured by their primal woundedness. How does that happen?

Bekindr Kindness Study Shows We Put Ourselves Last in Line

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on November 11, 2017 in On Vitality
This general kindness quiz that was completed by more than 1,300 people. I would like to share with you the highlights of this study, along with a few surprises.

On Being "Triggered": How Emotional Memories Affect Us

We cannot erase emotional memories, although we can be aware of what activates them and the interpretations we make.

Is Psychology Responsible for the Unabomber?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Human Beast
According to the documentary “Manhunt," unethical research by Henry Murray motivated terrorism.

Does Evolutionary Psychology Promote Transphobia?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Homo Consumericus
Do not promulgate “fixed binaries and biological essentialism” lest you might be accused of being transphobic and pro-genocide!

The Flavors of Everyday Anxiety

The blending of fear with other emotions produces the variety of ways in which anxiety is felt.

Why Do So Many People Fear Public Speaking?

Is the old saying true that it's better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than open it and remove all doubt?