Human Nature

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


More than 250 people in six years have died while taking selfies. Who is taking such risks and why?

And that difference has a lot to do with dopamine — and how you respond to it.

You'll never look like your Snapchat self, but that's not stopping people from trying.

A new study out of Germany claims that artists are less driven by monetary rewards than other people.

Experts who've studied this say you have to look at several factors regarding parenting, toy guns and aggression.

Science shows that, although people do tend to feel angrier when hungry, there are ways to tame that "hangry" feeling.

It may seem like a ridiculous question, but it's actually kind of a mindbender.

The announcements of Kylie Jenner's 'surprise' baby and Beyonce's pregnancy with twins were two of the most liked Instagrams of all time. Why do celebrity babies excite the public so much?

Loneliness is such a prevalent problem that the British have appointed a minister for loneliness.

Secrets can take a measurable mental and physical toll on those who keep — and share — them.

Many kids grow up with imaginary friends. Why do they rely on these make-believe playmates and are they a sign of trouble or great things?

Are facial expressions learned or innate? A study that looked at the facial expressions of people blind from birth found mixed results.

Short or tall, height affects us all — but does it have the power to determine how long we live, or whether we're happy?

Swedish speakers tend to measure time by distance, while Spanish speakers tend to say measure it by volume. But how does this difference in expression affect how people perceive time?

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.

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

One expert calls anger a source of creative juice. Here's why.

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

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

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

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

You’d think that someone who curses up a storm might be dishonest and bad news all around. A new study finds that the opposite may be true.

We get better at recognizing certain odor groups as we get older, a new study shows.

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

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?