Human Nature

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

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Knowing Your Tendency Helps You Conquer Life Goals

Author Gretchen Rubin says people have one of four personal tendencies that direct how we handle inner and outer expectations. Knowing your tendency can help you figure out how to manage change.

The Powerball 'Tipping Point': What Size Jackpot Makes You Play?

There's a magic number that gets casual players (maybe you) really interested.

People Are Dying for the Perfect Selfie

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

Introvert and Extrovert Brains Aren't the Same

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

People Want to Go Under the Knife to Look Like Their Snapchat Selfies

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

Are Artists Hardwired for Poverty?

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

Does Playing With Toy Guns Lead to Later Acts of Gun Violence?

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

'Hangry' is Real, but Tameable

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

Why Can't You Taste Your Tongue?

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

Why Are We So Crazy Over Celebrity Babies?

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?

Are People Getting Lonelier? Experts Are Divided

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

There's Science Behind the Secrets We Humans Keep

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

How Imaginary Friends Work

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?

Blind People Don't Always Have the Same Facial Expressions as Sighted People

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

Is Height a Factor in Our Health and Happiness?

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

The Language You Speak Affects How You Perceive Time

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?

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.

What's the Best Age to Do Anything?

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

The Upside of Anger: It's a Strong Emotion, But Not Always a Bad One

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

How Cognitive Dissonance Affects Us in Crazy Political Times

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

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.

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

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

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?

Honesty and Profanity Are Surprising Bedfellows

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.

Kids Aren't Bad at Identifying Smells. They Just Aren't Familiar With Many.

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


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