By Robin Marantz Henig on November 08, 2012 in Cusp
The old saw that you're only as happy as your unhappiest child—even if the child is an adult—has some scientific underpinning. But there was one finding that was not only surprising but a bit disconcerting. The parents who thought their kids were better-adjusted than they themselves had been in their twenties weren’t all that pleased.
The day after a hard workout your muscles ache. Everyone complains about lactic acid, but the science says that's completely wrong. The soreness in your muscles comes from a chemcial cascade that sensitizes your pain fibers, and sets them on edge.
Teens' night owl behavior isn’t a matter of preference: There are biological changes at play during puberty that drive teens toward sleeping in and staying up later. Read how you can help your teen manage.
What if you made a break for it and actually got all the way to the land of plenty only to find that it wasn’t what you really wanted? I learned that the same mindset that drives a person to have it all eventually stops them from having what they really want.
Many people choose to live in harm's way, in appealing but risky places. The psychology of risk perception explains such dangerous choices, and offers insights into how people can make healthier choices, including better preparation for disasters, and for communities to mitigate risks to their populations.
In highly competitive couples, every gesture is marked on a giant scoreboard. “Look at all I do for you! Now, you owe me and should do for me!” but frustratingly, the other doesn’t see it the same way.
What does it take to become one of those entrepreneurs with enough internal motivation to get up at dawn, be the first one in the office, and kick ass all day? Here's the research and five steps to rev up some breakthrough motivation and put some steel in it.
A particular species of parasitic fly hijacks the body of its bee victims, inducing them to engage in "the night of the flying dead." This phenomenon isn't unique: Lots of parasites induce their victims to behave in ways that benefit them, and something like this might happen to people, too, via their "own" genes.
Sometimes people turn conversations into fights because they just want to win, but often they do simply through subtle signs that they'll pull rank implying their personal infallibility. Here's a simple way to keep conversations from becoming fights
Many people use the term 'narcissism' without understanding its true meaning. The latest findings from clinical psychology show the underlying pain that can cause excessive self-love and that this pain can lessen with time and treatment.
Statistics say “Lifers” are the least likely of all released prisoners to commit another crime: .06%. But even though they may be deemed suitable for release, governors often refuse to release them for political reasons.