Essential Reads

A Nation Advances on Its Stomach

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Human Beast
Napoleon said that an army marches on its stomach. Now, economists conclude that how well fed a nation is drives the economy.

When Are Puppies at Their Cutest?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Animals and Us
Most dogs on Earth die before they are three months old. New research shows how being cute can save a puppy from an early death.

Why Are We Attracted to Our Friends?

Three new scientific papers reveal why we are prone to fall for our friends, and explain why so many of us try to remain friends with an ex.

We’re All a Bit Racist

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

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Bad Listening Skills II: Responding to Grief and Loss

By Hank Davis on July 27, 2016 in Caveman Logic
What is it about death and loss that triggers the worst listening skills in most of us? No matter how deep your convictions are, you can't preach and listen at the same time.

The Prisoner’s Dilemma and the "Virtues" of Tit for Tat

You’d probably agree that in an ideal universe you’d do best living your life in accord with the golden rule. But in the real world attempting such an existence is precarious....

Border Psychology

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Me in We
Border psychology and the diffusion of U.S. identity.

The Counterintuitive Case for Cougars

Conservationists believe increasing the cougar population will actually save human lives. Will logic trump our ingrained fear of large predators?

Skepticism Surrounding Sex

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Pop Psych
The information that men and women distrust isn't always the same

Is the World More Dangerous Now Than Ever?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
Fear of violence seems to be governing our lives these days. But should it? Could the world actually be safer now than it has ever been?
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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.