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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.

How Sigmund Freud Worked

Sigmund Freud is considered the father of psychoanalysis, although today many of his theories are viewed unfavorably. Why is his legacy still so important?

People With Cotard's Delusion Are Convinced They're Already Dead

The delusion, also called "walking corpse syndrome," causes people to feel like they don't exist, are putrefying or missing body parts.

Is It Possible to Share Your Psychosis?

Although it's rare, there are cases of two people sharing the same psychotic condition. How does that happen?

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.

Picky Eating in Adults Is a Diagnosable Disorder — Really

Preference for a very limited range of food can be common in children. But when does it become a diagnosable affliction for adults?

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?

How Stuttering Works

Stuttering is linked to a disconnection between language processing and motor function, but its true cause is still unknown.

Do Weighted Blankets Help With Sleep?

The pressure of weighted blankets is said to help alleviate stress and anxiety. Is that true?

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.

'I'm so OCD!' The Danger of Misusing Psychiatric Lingo

Casually using psychiatric terms for personality quirks can be harmful to people who actually have these illnesses.

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.

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?

Sleeping Just a Few Hours Sounds Great, But Could It Work?

Imagine how much more you could get accomplished if you didn’t waste all that time sleeping, and just napped in short bursts through the day. Is that feasible?

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?

How Psychopaths Work

Your average psychopath isn't a ruthless killer. It's far likelier you'll find them running for office, leading a company or just enjoying a cup of coffee next to you at work.

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.

Your Feet Can Taste Garlic

After you try this pungent party trick, you'll never doubt the power of garlic.

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.

How Foreign Accent Syndrome Works

Are patients actually developing a foreign accent, or has something else gone haywire?


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