Human Behavior

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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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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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?

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?

Let Kids Lose! Scientists Say It Helps Children Learn Better Judgment

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

Bodybuilders Injecting Themselves With Cooking Oils Now Apparently a Thing

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

For Teen Twins, Bad Behavior Can Be Contagious

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

Why Locking Eyes During a Conversation Is So Difficult

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

Shotgun Marriages Are on the Rise — And in Surprising Places

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.

No, Really — Who Gets Control of the Armrest?

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.

Small Lies Build Up the Brain's Tolerance for Being Dishonest

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.

Too Tense to Poop? It Happens to a Lot of Women

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


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