Human Nature

Human Nature encompasses peoples' actions, perceptions, and thought processes. Topics include food cravings, mind-reading, and contagious yawning.


Stay honest! The more little white lies we tell, the more likely our brains feel O.K. about telling big, fat whoppers, a new study finds.

The results of a worldwide survey on empathy are in and it's full of surprises.

What is the connection between women's brains and their bowels?

Living in racially hostile societies has been connected to the circulatory and cardiac health of both blacks and white.

Nice girls always smile, according to Western gender norms, but embracing 'Resting Bitch Face' could be good for gender equality.

The reason why cringe when you hear your weird, terrible, monstrous voice? It all has to do with physics, biology and sonics.

Want to hide in plain sight? It may be easier than you think.

Yep, that backup plan may be getting in the way of you achieving your dream.

Urine for a shock when you learn how much pee is in the average public pool. Even Olympic swimmers admit to peeing in the pool -- just like you and me.

Understanding prehistoric societies explains why most people are happiest in small groups — but some of us break from the norm with cities and solitude alike.

Just about every nation and culture has its own special alcoholic beverage — and its own hangover cure. Some may actually work while others may just make you sicker. Which one of these will you try?

We blink our eyes so often, yet we usually don’t perceive that the world has gone dark, if only for a microsecond. Why is that?

For difficult questions (Brexit, anyone?), large numbers don’t make for better decisions, says researcher. But why?

It's time to cram. Where are you going to study, and what color are those study rooms painted?

Statistics show people have a strange tendency to overestimate the female presence. What are the actual stats behind the "too many women" complaint?

A writer test-drives advice on running her life according to her biological body clock with some surprising results.

The key to a losing weight, winning an argument or anything else depends on knowing if you're a bear, lion, dolphin or wolf, says author of upcoming book.

Think that shot of you in the changing room mirror should be posted and shared? You might want to think again, depending on whether you care how you're perceived.

Who hasn't wanted to get away from it all? For British designer Thomas Thwaites, that break entailed turning himself into a goat.

A study looked at women's shoe-buying habits to chart heel height, aspiration and conformity. What heel height rules in your state?

An update to a famous study shows that employers may not discriminate as much as before — with one important caveat.

Good news from the land of the powerful: Researchers have found that power doesn't always corrupt, especially if you set expectations about behavior beforehand.

The sport of lawnmower racing is real, and the season has just begun in the U.S. and the U.K. Ready to give it a go?

That's not really the scoop. A new study doesn’t exactly claim that one minute of intense exercise is the same as 45 minutes of moderate exercise. But it's not far off.

Whither the Good Samaritan? A new study finds the chance of receiving a stranger's aid in a public medical emergency is close to zero — and worse if you're black or poor.