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By David Fryburg M.D. on April 12, 2019 in The Science of Kindness
Looking for your next serious relationship? For men and women alike, simply being nice can markedly increase the appeal of a potential romantic partner.
By Christian Keysers Ph.D. on April 11, 2019 in The Empathic Brain
A new study reveals nerve cells that transform the pain of others into our own pain in split seconds. Without them, pain is no longer contagious.
By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on April 05, 2019 in How to Be Yourself
History teaches us that concentrated wealth isn’t good for nations, but research makes it clear it’s not good for individuals, either.
By David P. Barash Ph.D. on March 26, 2019 in Peace and War
Pretty much everyone is against extremism and often perplexed by it. But an evolutionary view suggests it may be more "normal" than most people think.
By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on March 22, 2019 in Out of the Darkness
In psychology and beyond, Native American cultures have had a massive influence.
By Zoe Weil M.A., M.T.S on March 14, 2019 in Becoming a Solutionary
What's a solutionary, and why should I become one?
By Glenn Geher Ph.D. on March 01, 2019 in Darwin's Subterranean World
When gamers play in “solo mode,” they show a suite of selfish attributes. When they're in “squad mode,” altruism emerges. Evolution helps us understand why.
By Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz, Ph.D. and Abigail Marsh, Ph.D. on December 19, 2018 in For Goodness’ Sake
Giving gifts feels good. Does that make the act of gift-giving fundamentally selfish?
By Elizabeth Emens JD, Ph.D. on December 07, 2018 in Life Admin
Is a fictional character getting credit for your work? We can choose to make holiday labor less laborious.
By Robert D. Mather Ph.D. on December 03, 2018 in The Conservative Social Psychologist
People who unselfishly give to others ascend social hierarchies. George H. W. Bush is an excellent example.
By Hal McDonald Ph.D. on September 28, 2018 in Time Travelling with Apollo
A recent study suggests that social media “likes” are just as rewarding to give as to receive.
By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on September 20, 2018 in Out of the Darkness
Would you donate your kidney to a stranger? Some people do, and their motivations present a puzzle.
By Barbara W. Sarnecka Ph.D. on September 12, 2018 in Thinking, Writing, Science
Humans, like other animals, prefer winners over losers. But new study shows that human children reject individuals who use violence to win.
By Suniya Luthar, Ph.D. on September 07, 2018 in Privileged But Pressured
Tweens rated by peers as highly popular show elevated risk for substance use at age 18; those rated as helpful come out ahead years later.
By Harriet Lerner Ph.D. on September 02, 2018 in The Dance of Connection
The key to happy, mutually-enhancing relationships is simpler than you think.
By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 27, 2018 in Insight Therapy
Life requires hard choices. Shakespeare’s "to be or not to be" is the most fundamental example. But once we have chosen to be, the challenge remains of how to be.
By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 04, 2018 in One Among Many
If Abe gives Bill some money, then, just like that, he is an altruist. But what if Abe takes money from Charlie to give to Bill?
By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on July 26, 2018 in Out of the Ooze
Costly Signaling Theory proposes that our noble actions send honest signals to others about our genetic quality, our access to resources, and our cooperative nature.
By Lawrence T. White Ph.D. on July 01, 2018 in Culture Conscious
A new subfield aims to construct "a psychology of place" by identifying and explaining the clustering of psychological phenomena in particular locales. Are they onto something?
By Christopher Bergland on May 23, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
State-of-the-art research using eye-tracking technology and fMRI brain imaging provides fresh evidence that compassion is like a muscle that gets stronger with regular use.
By Christian B. Miller Ph.D. on May 17, 2018 in Questions of Character
Is Bill Gates really a generous person? How can we tell if anyone is?
By Glenn Geher Ph.D. on May 04, 2018 in Darwin's Subterranean World
Most efforts by teachers to explain why math is important fall flat. Here is a totally different approach, brought to you by evolution.
By Tara Well Ph.D. on April 30, 2018 in The Clarity
This newly released book by compassion researcher Joan Halifax will inspire you to meet life's challenges with courage.
By Tracy Asamoah M.D. on April 17, 2018 in Let's Reconnect
Have you ever wondered if crisis can bring out the best in humanity? Turns out that, biologically, the answer is yes.
By Jena E Pincott on March 30, 2018 in Love, Sex, and Babies
A look at the psychology of heart rate variability.
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