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Why So Many Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Living Single
For the first time ever, more young adults are living with their parents than with a spouse or partner. One of the most interesting reasons for this is rarely mentioned.

Evolutionary Psychology Goes Just Fine with Religion

There is no need for religion and evolutionary psychology to be in conflict. Here's why.

What Does It Mean if Your Best Friend Is a Narcissist?

Narcissists may be attractive in the short-term, but maintaining a long-term friendship with a narcissist could put a strain on almost anyone. Are you up for the challenge?

The End of P?

Good science should be replicable – though not all replicable science is good. How can psychology become more replicable? I advocate testing less bold hypotheses.

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Warming to the Sensual Touch: The Science of Foreplay

How individual notions of reward can change over time. The art of foreplay lies in knowing when and how much – and can lead to deeply meaningful relationships.

10 Ways to Jumpstart a Better Social Life

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on May 25, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
Are you stuck in a friendship rut? Not enough friends, or too many superficial friends or toxic friends? Try these steps to work toward the relationships you've wanted.


By Bernard L. De Koven on May 25, 2016 in On Having Fun
Would you save someone's life if it meant risking your own? And all of those who are with you?

How Nostalgia Can Improve your Love Life

Need to reenergize your romantic relationship? Try nostalgia.

Out in Wyoming

How do gay men in Wyoming use Grindr to connect online?

Can Grief Be an Impetus to Personal Growth?

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Good Mourning
We have no choice about grief but we do have choices in grief—to grow up or to grow down.

Touchy Toughies

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 22, 2016 in Ambigamy
Everyone needs a way to say "nope, I'm not going to listen." Here we explore two main "noping strategies" with an emphasis on how the rugged type do it.

Soft-Serve Psychology

Beyond physics and envy: why it is so hard to work in a soft science.

The Icarus Syndrome: Why High Flyers Fail and Derail.

There is an unspoken truth about business leadership: as many managers and leaders fail as succeed. But why? Do high flyers that fall have a particular profile that explains this?

September 11th, Evolution, and the Face of Hell

September 11, 2001 showed us the darkest side of our nature. The evolutionary perspective can help us understand why.

My Post-Shamanistic Bio

I wrote, as an exercise in self-discovery, a short bio. Go forth and do likewise.

PC: That Powerful Term That No One Bothers To Define

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 20, 2016 in Ambigamy
Accusing someone of being PC has become just another way of saying, "The problem is you, not me. I'm not insensitive; you're hypersensitive." Here's a better definition.

The Work-Life Interface

How are leisure, free-time, discretionary activities related to work activities? Do cooks come home dying to do some baking? Whence the concept of a busman's holiday?

The Surprising Benefit of Talking to Strangers on a Plane

Here's a good reason to take out your earbuds and say hello to the stranger in the seat next to you.

6 Quick Ways to Ease Your Social Anxiety

The good news? Social anxiety is changeable. With time, practice, and a willingness to push yourself, you can achieve the ultimate: being comfortable in your own skin.

Judgment Under Uncertainty: Statistics and Biases

In this essay, you can learn something about intuition (and statistics). But you really care about intuition. Am I right?

Preventing Mental Illness

With the World Health Organization stating that depression will be the most common disease by 2030, should we think more about how to prevent it and other mental disorders?

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Vacation

What to do before, during, and after, your vacation that will ensure that it is a terrific and memorable experience.
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Why Do We Use Emojis?

What do emojis tell us? Sometimes our words benefit from the addition of pictures.

Can You Restore Respect Once You Lose It?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on May 14, 2016 in Wander Woman
One of the quickest ways to destroy a relationship is to lose respect. Though difficult, if you want to restore respect, these steps will help you find your way back.

Not Seeing a Person's Color Is Nearly Impossible

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on May 14, 2016 in Am I Right?
Martin Luther King, Jr. begged for the day when a person would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. But can we really be color blind?

Radical Technology, Reason, and the Word “Why”

The human race is on the threshold of much revolutionary change. It’s due to the emerging field of transhumanism: a social movement advocating science, technology, and reason.

A Scientific Case for Ending Sexism in the Church

Research indicates that women are more religious than men and perhaps better able to provide spiritual leadership.

Getting Along With (But Ahead Of) Others

Freud said the secret to a happy life was "love and work": good relationships and a fulfilling job. The problems at work are both getting along with, but ahead of your colleagues.
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The Science of Making a Good First Impression

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 11, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Though there a wide range of different facial cues that influence how people see us, mouth curvature and eyelid-openness seem particularly important

When You Fall, How Do You Rise Again?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in Ambigamy
When our glass drains to half-full we try to refill it with something more reliable. When that fails it's best to get an adjustable-height glass.

Socially Anxious? Eating Probiotic-Rich Foods Can Help

Does going to parties, public speaking, eating in front of others, or using public bathrooms make you sweat? Probiotics and fermented foods (like kimchi, yogurt, or miso) can help.

Man’s Best Friend Meets Man's Best Robot

Scientists have distilled the elements of dogs’ behavioral language for use in robots.

Enforced Trust

You think your doctor and lawyer will take care of you. And often they do. But then again, they also have to worry about the bottom line.

Racial and Political Gaps

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on May 07, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Newspaper editorials and some interesting scholarly developments suggest that the fight against political bias is actually having some influence.