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Human Behavior covers a variety of mysterious, engaging topics. Learn about how why humans behave the way they do and more.

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Habit

Habit, a learned action or other form of behavior that is repeated often enough for it to become a largely automatic response to a particular stimulus or situation.


Why All the Hullabaloo Over Handshakes? They Matter

We've all performed this social ritual thousands of times but, as it turns out, there's a right way and a wrong way to shake hands. A psychologist who has studied the art and psychology behind handshakes explains. See more »

What's the Best Age to Do Anything?

The experts have determined the right age for lots of life decisions. See more »

How Cognitive Dissonance Affects Us in Crazy Political Times

Americans are struggling to maintain their core values in the face of heightened political polarization. See more »

A Dose of Nature Could Improve Mental Health for City Dwellers

Green spaces aren't just a city-planning gimmick. Living near birds and shrubs really does have measurable benefits, new research shows. See more »

The 'Ugliness Premium': Being Unattractive Can Mean Higher Wages

New research debunks the myth that only the pretty people get the best salaries. See more »

What the Use of Emojis and Emoticons Says About Our Personalities

Would it surprise you to learn that people who used emojis were considered more agreeable than those who didn't? See more »

Company Wants to Pump Young People's Blood Into Veins of the Aging Elite

The old folks are coming, and they want the red stuff in your veins. Is California company Ambrosia just high-tech vampirism? See more »

Corporal Punishment Continues in U.S. Schools, Despite Its Ineffectiveness

Spankings are common and legal in many public schools — but experts say they don't work. So why are they still a form of discipline? See more »

How Long Should You Use Your Bath Towel Without Washing It?

Answer: A lot less time than you're probably thinking. See more »

What Are the Odds You've Met a Psychopath?

If you ran into a chainsaw-swinging psychopath, you’d probably remember. But what about everyday pscyhopaths? See more »