Human Behavior

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


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?

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.

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?

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?

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

Throwing games to make kids happy may negatively affect their ability to make important decisions — even if it does boost their self-esteem.

According to doctors, injecting cooking oil into your muscles to make them appear larger does not work, could possibly kill you.

One bad apple may indeed spoil the whole bunch, especially if it's a bunch of adolescent siblings and one of them is delinquent.

Breaking eye contact during conversation doesn't necessarily mean we're insecure — it means we're human.

You may have thought shotgun marriages died out following the era of peace, free love and rock 'n' roll, but in some groups, they're actually rising.

Being stuck in the middle seat on a long flight — or any flight — stinks. But does that entitle the middle-seater to the armrests? We asked an etiquette expert.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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