Human Nature

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

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9 Hangover Cures From Around the World

Just about every nation and culture has its own special alcoholic beverage — and its own hangover cure. Some may actually work while others may just make you sicker. Which one of these will you try?

Why Don't We Notice We're Blinking?

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?

No Wisdom in Crowds? One Head May Be Better Than Two or 22

For difficult questions (Brexit, anyone?), large numbers don’t make for better decisions, says this researcher. But why?

Room Color Could Affect Whether You Ace Your Exam

It's time to cram. Where are you going to study, and what color are those study rooms painted?

How 17 Equals 49.6: The Amazing Multiplying Women

Statistics show people have a strange tendency to overestimate the female presence. What are the actual stats behind the "too many women" complaint?

I Used My Chronotype Info to Revamp My Life: Here's What Happened

A writer test-drives advice on running her life according to her biological body clock with some surprising results.

Want a Bigger Raise or a Smaller Waist? The Answer Could Lie in Your Chronotype

The key to a losing weight, winning an argument or anything else depends on knowing if you're a bear, lion, dolphin or wolf, says author of upcoming book.

Science Says Your Selfies Are Less Attractive Than You Think

Think that shot of you in the changing room mirror should be posted and shared? You might want to think again, depending on whether you care how you're perceived.

We Talk With the Man Who Lived Like a Goat

Who hasn't wanted to get away from it all? For British designer Thomas Thwaites, that break entailed turning himself into a goat.

What Do High Heels Say About Conformity?

A study looked at women's shoe-buying habits to chart heel height, aspiration and conformity. What heel height rules in your state?

Emily & Lakisha 10 Years On: Are Employers Still Biased About Applicants' Names?

An update to a famous study shows that employers may not discriminate as much as before — with one important caveat.

Expectations Color the Ethics of the Powerful, for Good and Bad

Good news from the land of the powerful: Researchers have found that power doesn't always corrupt, especially if you set expectations about behavior beforehand.

It's Bumpy, Loud and a Little Bit Funny. It's Lawnmower Racing

The sport of lawnmower racing is real, and the season has just begun in the U.S. and the U.K. Ready to give it a go?

Sure, Just One Minute of Exercise Sounds Great, But …

That's not really the scoop. A new study doesn’t exactly claim that one minute of intense exercise is the same as 45 minutes of moderate exercise. But it's not far off.

The Chance a Stranger Helps You in a Medical Emergency Is Depressingly Low

Whither the Good Samaritan? A new study finds the chance of receiving a stranger's aid in a public medical emergency is close to zero — and worse if you're black or poor.

There's an Evolutionary Reason Humans Developed the Ability to Feel Shame

Most animals don't feel shame, but humans do. Why would we evolve something that causes us pain, stress and discomfort?

The Bias Against African-American Children in U.S. Adoptions

Researchers found that many white adoptive parents thought African-American children were "too different" for them though they'd consider children of other races.

Magicians and Hackers: Social Engineering 101

We sat down with magician Brian Brushwood to learn how con artists and hackers can fool their targets with something as simple as a conversation.

In Search of the Perfect NCAA Bracket? Try Winning Powerball Instead

Or hey, maybe you'd love to see your favorite football team win the Super Bowl for 13 consecutive years? Yep, those are the crazy odds we're talking about.

Pass the Barf Bag If You're Not Going to Use It

Yep, there's a whole world of collectors who are eager for unusual (and unused) air sickness bags.

The Human Heart Can Literally Burst With Joy, New Research Finds

Time to start taking "OMG OMG my heart's literally gonna explode" seriously. A new study shows "broken heart syndrome" has a happy – but still tragic – flip side.

Be an Impoverished Artist for the Night

And not just any artist, but post-impressionist superstar Vincent Van Gogh. All for just $10.

Who's Watching the Adults? Facing Old Age Without Children

With 20 percent of U.S. women born after 1970 not having children, the question of who will provide elder care is becoming more urgent.

New Study Finds Surprising Reason to Keep Your Kitchen Tidy

Reaching for another cookie? What goes into the cabinets has more of an impact on what goes into your mouth than you might suspect.

Not a Morning Person? Your Body's Circadian Rhythms Could Ease Mars Colonization

The Martian day lasts longer than ours, which means that people whose circadian rhythms are out of sync with our planet may do better colonizing our red neighbor.