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Navigating the 21st century with a stone-age mind
Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D.
Zombies combine the worst of two kinds of creepiness: they are a potential threat of the worst kind, and their “almost human” quality creates a sense of revulsion and dread
Personality traits can be good predictors of behavior, but not always. How can we tell when they will be useful?
Our inherent naivete in dealing with strangers in cyberspace and our psychological predispositions make us easy prey for scammers.
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.
There is a tendency to think of polygamy as a much better arrangement for men than for women—but the reality is much more complicated.
A sense of humor is the Swiss Army Knife of social skills — a single instrument, but one containing an arsenal of separate tools exquisitely designed for a unique social purpose.
For women, beauty can be a curse as well as a blessing — it bestows undeniable advantages on those who possess it, but also paints a target squarely on their backs
The theory behind Feng Shui sounds beautiful, but what does science have to say about the effectiveness of Feng Shui design?
Ghosts seem to have very specific preferences for where they take up residence-–why?
It can be very liberating to be the most disgusting person in the room.
Do dreams mean anything? Psychologists are genuinely divided over the function and meaning of dreaming, but psychoanalysts believe that they are a window into the unconscious.
Home can be a slippery concept. But psychologists have long understood that it plays a huge role in self-identity and emotional well-being.
While religion may ease our terror of death, it may also increase our chances of being haunted by ghosts and other spirits during our lifetime.
Watching disturbing people onscreen in the safety of a movie theater or in our living room may provide an opportunity for learning vicariously from the mistakes of others.
There are a lot of creepy places in the world - and every one of them has a story.
How you spend your leisure time may signal how uncomfortable others expect to be when they interact with you; in other words, your hobbies can be a way of flaunting creepiness.
Why do we have to decrease the number of people involved in a conversation when we are gossiping about someone else?
It is no secret that when it comes to physical beauty, women are held to higher standards than are men; here are a few of the subtle things that seem to matter a lot.
When it comes to looking like a creep, the bar is set a lot lower for men. Here's why, along with some advice.
How better to resolve the ambiguity surrounding death than by looking to those individuals who have apparently crossed over and then returned to us?
Serving tasty food doesn’t do a restaurant much good if customers don’t stay long enough – or never even walk through the door in the first place. How do restaurants entice us?
There has long been a keen interest in finding a way to communicate with the dead. How better to manage our own uncertainty about life in the hereafter?
Rules regulating the freedoms of college women were absolutely draconian in 1962. In hindsight, the unabashed double standards of collegiate social regulations were jaw dropping.
Those of us who have loved a dog know the truth: Your pet is never "just a dog," which explains why we miss them so much when they pass away.
Folklore has it that the spirits of people who have killed themselves in the forest call others who are sad to the place and then lure them deep into the woods.
Whether a place seems truly haunted can very much be in the mind of the beholder.
When we experience social isolation, the lack of emotional support and comradeship can increase our anxiety and hinder our ability to cope with unusual sensory information.
Clowns are mischievous and unpredictable, and are associated with serial killers in real life and in the movies. In other words, clowns are designed to creep us out.
Can being too content actually be bad for you?
One of the oldest and most pernicious of human qualities is the ease with which we put people into categories.
Frank McAndrew, Ph.D., is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College.