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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Hand Sniffing After Hand Shaking Is a Thing

And you probably don't even realize you're doing it.

Equality in Alcohol? Gender Differences in Drinking Are Shrinking in U.S.

And the U.S. isn't the only country where this gender gap is closing.

Wait for It … Procrastination Can Be a Good Thing

Researchers discover five different types of procrastinators, including "well-adjusted."

Getting to Know the Injustice Collectors

If you've ever met someone who obsessively kept track of every perceived wrong committed against them, then you've met one. The problem is when they turn violent.

Ambiverts Bridge Introverts and Extroverts. But Isn't That Just Everybody?

If the personality of an ambivert seems familiar, it's probably because you are one — or know someone who is one. But if we're all ambiverts, is the term meaningless?

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. So Why Not Pay Someone to Do It for You?

A new website will do the dirty work for you via Snapchat, text, letter or awkward phone call.

Blind People Do Go to the Movies. And Audio Description Helps.

Audio description is kind of like that friend who whispers key plot points to you during the movie when you miss them. It's pretty handy for blind film buffs.

5 Human Quirks That Make Good Science Hard to Do Well

Science should be clean, simple, and just the facts, right? Unfortunately these traits of imperfect humans make perfect science tough to accomplish.

Blind People Perceive Race, Too

But how they go about it may provide a lesson to sighted folks.

Screaming: Bad for the Ears, Good for the Species?

Sure, a scream grabs your attention, but do you know why? It has to do with "roughness," a particular quality you can hear in some sounds that fluctuate rapidly.

Kissing: More Socially Complex Than You Realize

For some people, kissing is an incredibly romantic act, but is it really? Why is exchanging saliva so celebrated in some cultures, but so alien in others?

Thoreau Had It Right: Introverts Prefer Mountains, Extroverts Love the Beach

Researchers believe that personality reveals geographical preferences, with introverts and extroverts heading for different vacation destinations.

10 Weird Facts About Biological Rhythms

It's no rinky-dink Mickey Mouse clock. The body clock is a strange and wonderful thing, calibrated to reflect a variety of biological rhythms that you may not have known are beating inside your body. And scientists are still not sure why it exists.

Are habits inherited?

Could your ancestors be to blame for your overeating or excess spending? Unnecessary scapegoating is a lousy thing to do, but could there be some weight to this suggestion?

Do old habits really die hard?

We often focus on our bad habits, but there's actually a system of interlocking beneficial and detrimental ones that make up our everyday routines.

Why do we love cute things?

Social media is overflowing with cute content -- everything from babies to puppies to seriously adorable lunchboxes. Find out why cute things make you go "aww!"

10 Hardest Habits to Break

"I'm addicted to you baby. You're a hard habit to break." So wailed the lead singer of the group Chicago. But there are harder habits to break out there – like nail biting and procrastinating. Do you do any of the things on our list?

Is a 'curiosity gap' controlling what we click on?

Curiosity kills the cat, but it also fuels the Internet. Why do we sometimes go against our better judgment to click on a headline?

Will putting people's hands in warm water really make them wet the bed?

You may think you know the answer to this one if you've pulled this this prank on one of your hapless friends. We, however, are trading your anecdotal evidence for real research to answer this question once and for all.

5 Tips for Making it Through Your Company Holiday Party

The clothes you wear, how much you drink and the subjects you talk about are among some of the most important things to keep in mind with co-workers.

HowStuffWorks Stars Share Their Favorite Holiday Memories

From clean and sober to crazy ER stories, we asked some of our talent to share their notable holiday memories and here's what they told us.

5 Things You Should Never Say at the Thanksgiving Table

We chatted with expert, Dr. Nicole Joseph, about the five things are never appropriate to talk about at the Thanksgiving table.

How to Get Through the Holidays Stress-Free with Your Family

We sat down and chatted with expert, Dr. Nicole Joseph, about what is most important to keep in mind when trying to enjoy the holidays with your family.

5 Steps to Changing Your Behavior

My Mom is Obsessed therapist, Khana Lacewell, talks about the path to changing your behavior. Using these five steps, you can be on the road to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

5 Ways to Overcome Embarrassment

Nearly everyone looks in the mirror and wishes something were just a bit different. But what should you do when you're so ashamed of a physical trait or condition that it's making it hard for you to enjoy life?