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Karen Wu Ph.D.
Why is fatherhood so scary? Researchers analyzed Reddit posts on the subreddit PreDaddit and found the top 17 fears of new fathers.
What determines a cat’s personality? A recent study reviewed research from the last three decades and identified eight important factors.
Why don’t people want to adopt black cats? Researchers identified three reasons for the “black cat bias”, or people's prejudice against black cats.
Are orange cats really as special as they seem? Researchers discovered that orange cats may indeed differ from others in their behavior.
Researchers found that a cat’s personality and well-being can be traced back to the owner’s personality traits.
Should you look for a partner who idealizes you? A new study suggests not.
Does nurture or nature matter more for a cat’s personality? Researchers studied the personality of breeds and the heritability of behavioral traits.
Given the many dangers of the outdoors, cat advocates recommend keeping pet cats indoors. But how can we keep indoor cats happy? Scientists weigh in based on the current research.
Why are we seeing increased racism and prejudice during the coronavirus pandemic? A new study explains the link between infectious diseases and racism.
Why do some people follow protective behaviors during pandemics, while others defy them? Researchers examined data from the swine flu and SARS pandemics.
Is it bad to feel envy? Researchers induced envy in participants and examined whether they helped or harmed a stranger.
Do attractive social media profiles pose a threat to committed relationships? A recent study suggests this could be the case.
Can status be romantically appealing in women? Researchers conducted three studies to examine the impact of status and beauty on women’s attractiveness.
Can sexy selfies be traced back to daddy issues and Dark Triad traits?
Why do men choose to be childfree? Researchers interviewed 11 childfree men to understand their motivations and experiences.
Can a family-style meal lead to greater harmony?
How much did you splurge on your wedding? Find out what this says about your marriage.
Is smart sexy? A new Tinder study looks at the impact of education on swiping right.
Has anyone ever told you that you were being too sensitive? It turns out that your pain is real.
Worried about falling in love with a narcissist? Research has identified some ways that you can spot one through social media.
Annoying or loving? Find out what science says about couples who baby talk.
We may feel defenseless against the lure of a narcissist. We may feel like they always win. But is this the case?
What happens when you use checklists, search filters, and preconceived notions to find your perfect partner?
Many of us have been told that our brains will lead us down the right path. But are our brains really so wise in matters of love? Or do they lead us astray?
Karen Wu, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles.