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We’re All a Bit Racist

It may be unintentional, but we’re all a little bit racist.

Why It Is So Easy to Hate Each Other

One of the oldest and most pernicious of human qualities is the ease with which we put people into categories.

Guns Really Are the Cause of Shootings

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in The Human Beast
Contrary to a well-worn slogan, it really is guns that shoot people. This principle is shockingly revealed by comparisons of police shootings between the US and other countries.

Support, or Succumb to, the Presumptive Leader!

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in Peace and War
As subordinate politicians mull whether or not to support their party's "presumptive nominee," they are acting out an ancient evolutionary script.

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Did Neandertals Like the Taste of other Neandertals?

Did Neandertals have a tradition of eating other Neandertals?

Life Is Too Short to Wear Bad Lipstick

By Kevin Bennett on July 15, 2016 in Modern Minds
Economy got you down? Try some new lipstick - it's good for two reasons.

Does Jealousy Help or Hurt Your Relationship?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Talking Apes
An expression of jealousy can either increase or decrease your partner’s relationship satisfaction, depending on the circumstances.

Bad Listening Skills: Unwanted "Empathy"

By Hank Davis on July 09, 2016 in Caveman Logic
There are lots of ways to be a bad listener. Many are well-intentioned and no different from what you learned from dear old mom and dad. It's time to upgrade your listening skills.

Objectification Is a Basic Aspect of Male Sexuality

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in The Human Beast
Depersonalized sexuality is typically masculine. That is why most of the customers for pornography and prostitution are still men. But this is changing as more women objectify.

The Psychology of Betrayal

Evolutionary psychologists go as far as arguing we may have some kind of psychological modules built into our brains to detect betrayal.

The Neuropsychological Impact of Fear-Based Politics

Are you afraid for the future of our country? Our current political environment may be affecting you in ways you don't realize.

5 Reasons Teens drive their Parents Crazy

Adolescence is a treacherous period – seismic changes are often driven by 5 key beliefs that adolescents hold dear.

Are Voice Commands or Hand Signals More Effective for Dogs?

New data answers the question of whether dogs are more responsive to verbal commands or to gestures and body language.

The Mating Strategies of Extraverts

Life History Theory views long-term and short-term mating strategies as polar opposites. However, some people, particularly extraverts, may pursue both, others neither.

Did I Really Just Commit to That?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on June 28, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
How ‘Yes’ slips out in spite of ourselves. Why, when a request comes our way, we are often surprised to find ourselves taking on yet another obligation.

Chivalry Isn’t Dead, But Men Are

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on June 27, 2016 in Pop Psych
In general, people appear to value the welfare of women over the welfare of men. Why?

Why Time-Outs Need a Time Out

In using time-outs parents unintentionally convey that they are unable to contain or tolerate their own feelings.

Creative Recovery

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on June 24, 2016 in The Me in We
Some benefits of cognitive flexibility.

The Risks of a Diminished Consciousness

The way things are going, we may, at some point, have to call ourselves something other than the ‘Human Race.’

Emotions: What Are They?

The most important trait of a therapist is the ability to take strong emotions in stride.

Draymond vs The King

Aggression among apes involves a conspicuous target.

What Is the Best Way to Stop a Dog Fight?

When dogs are fighting your most instinctive method of trying to get them to stop will likely get you injured, but there are some safer ways to break up a fight.

There Are No Words

Human aggression and violence may prove to be our undoing. Unless we control our baser tendencies and place value on "our emotional footprint," I fear for the future of humanity.

Is Trump a Tyrant? What His Tweets Say

"Tyrant" talk seems to be sticking to presidential candidate Donald Trump. What does a systematic analysis of his own Twitter words say about his tyrannical tendencies?

How Narcissists Got That Way

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on June 06, 2016 in Head Games
Are narcissists born or made? New ideas about this personality trait suggests that biology plays a key role.

The Altruist of Newark Airport

In humans, conspicuous helping of strangers signals a ton about oneself to others. Take the case of Billy from Newark ...

The Making of Disgust

Disgust appears to be unique to humans. How did our species develop this emotion—and why are we the only creatures repulsed by cockroaches and maggots?

The Secret Truth About Your Earliest Memories

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in Talking Apes
Your life story may be more fiction than fact.

How Valuable is the Future?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in The Human Beast
Parents send their tearful child to bed with the assertion that tomorrow is another day. Yet, the concept of the future is poorly developed in small children.

8 Fascinating Discoveries About Yawning

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in Curious?
Science often ignores the peculiar traits of humans and other social animals, such as yawning.

Men's Self-Esteem Boosted by Female Pheromone

Are men flummoxed by the scent of a sexy woman? Scientists at Rutgers University made men sniff female pheromones to find out.

Dressing for (Sexual) Success

Regardless of gender, red clothing gets you noticed!

When Diversity Is Wrong

We take religion too seriously. If all religions are false, then they should all be excluded from our public life.

Modern Lives are Weird!

By Richard Bailey Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Smart Moves
Inactivity is the new normal, and there is a serious price to be paid for this change. For the first time in recorded history, children have a shorter lifespan than their parents.