Why relaxing is so much work.
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Why we do what we do
Nigel Barber Ph.D.
New devices have demonstrated that electrical stimulation from outside sources can alter brain function.
As we stand on the brink of climate catastrophe, much interest focuses on electric vehicles as a greener form of travel. The current reality is very different.
While many family groups seem harmonious, sibships often harbor deep division and lasting conflict.
When the pandemic ends, we may feel that we are the same as ever but that the world around us has changed, whether for good or ill.
The carbon footprints of billionaires are being aired publicly. Most of us non-yacht-owners can breathe a sigh of relief—yet our carbon footprint may become as important in the future.
The list of ways that urban neighbors can get on each other's nerves is long. Handling them is tricky.
What responsibility does advertising have for our excessive shopping activities?
Even if the pace of life is speeding up, this does not mean that we must choose to be hurried.
Superficially, the GameStop mania had little to do with the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Yet, both movements involved an attack on power by the alienated.
Some pundits stress inequality. Others prefer to interpret the divide among Americans as a matter of tribal identity.
The pandemic necessitated a shutdown of many leading economies. Did this reduce greenhouse gas emissions and potentially slow climate change?
At the peak of a pandemic, we are acutely aware of the body's immune response to disease. Something similar is occurring in the political response to the Capitol insurrection.
Conservatives love authority, yet they hate government. How is that possible?
The ability of drug companies like Moderna and Pfizer to bring vaccines to the public in record time builds on the work of an unsung pioneer Maurice Hilleman.
Travelers make many plans. Yet a tourist who shows up in a new country without a plan can have a wonderful time interacting with locals.
The increased movement of goods around the globe contributes to landfills and environmental pollution. Is there a way out of this dilemma?
Humans are not alone in being capable of adjustment in daily rhythms of activity and productivity. Other species can be surprisingly flexible as well.
When pundits refer to two Americas, they cite a profound divide in life experiences that was highlighted in the recent election.
Humans compete in four different ways that affect economic activity. Our economic behavior is thus one aspect of Darwin's struggle to exist.
Why might there be a correlation between obesity and voting patterns?
Spreading a pandemic is easy. Begin by discouraging mask wearing and ignoring social distancing.
The earth has endured five previous major extinction events. If we give it a little space, it can recuperate. It can also rescue humans from extinction.
Researchers report that male birds altered their songs during the quiet of the pandemic to wow females.
In modern life, we see lots of pseudosciences associated with “spiritual” practices, beliefs, and remedies.
The appropriation of social media by political extremists today is analogous to earlier assaults on freedom.
Did your dinner guests call to say they are just setting out after they are supposed to have arrived?
The Internet changed all aspects of our social and work lives in ways that were inconceivable at the outset.
The ascent of Kamala Harris to the Democratic presidential ticket augurs well for the future.
The coronavirus introduces a new level of risk for aging leaders.
Medical opinion has undergone a reversal, shifting from disease risks to the possible health benefits of safe sex, including autoerotic activity.
Nigel Barber, Ph.D., is an evolutionary psychologist as well as the author of Why Parents Matter and The Science of Romance, among other books.