PTSD May Double Chances of Dementia

A new study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, is the first-ever global meta-analysis on the possible link between...

How "Smart" is Your City?

Have you ever found yourself walking down a busy city sidewalk, so overwhelmed and overstimulated by all the signs, sounds, and cars that...

When Machines Get Mean

(Picture credit: Carnegie Mellon University) Science has well established that a person’s ability to perform a task is affected by what...

Why Today's Music Sounds Worse

When you were in high school or college, what did your parents think of the music you loved? While there are exceptions, statistically...

The Myth of "Addictive Personality"

Do you have an addictive personality? No. No, you don’t. How can we be so certain? Well, as it turns out that technically speaking,...

When Having a Snack Might Save You

Got an important decision to make? If you’re feeling hungry, new research suggests you should probably have a snack or a meal before you...

The Narcissist Trap

How good are you at reflective thinking? If you’re a narcissist, your answer is probably something on the order of “stupendous, just...

The Road to Extremism

Where does extremist violence come from? In the wake of yet another American shooting by a white nationalist, this question is more...

This is Your Brain on Power

Warning: it can cause symptoms similar to brain trauma, including increased impulsivity, decreased awareness of risk, and, perhaps most...

Vaccinating Against Misinformation

Although “yellow journalism” is probably as old as journalism itself (the term itself dates back to the Pulitzer vs Hearst circulation...

A Second Look at the Bystander Effect

If you’ve ever read a psychology textbook, you’re probably familiar with the tragic and infuriating story of Kitty Genovese, a...

The Happiness Hack

Happiness: it’s something we all want, and in one way or another, most of us spend our lives attempting to pursue it. Multiple industries...

Bamboozled! How Disguises Fool Us

At this point, it’s well-trod territory: why couldn’t star reporter Lois Lane recognize that her nerdy coworker Clark Kent was also...

Placebo Power

Imagine that scientists have discovered a painkiller that is incredibly cheap to make, has no dangerous side effects, and performs at a...

The Personality Puzzle

Since the days of Hippocrates, science has struggled to quantify human personality, and group the seemingly infinite combinations of...

Bad News for Bad Tempers

Does someone in your life havean unusually short fuse? Maybe you’ve witnessed a co-worker repeatedly go ballistic on the printer whenever...

When Songs Are Your Friends

How do you listen to music? I don’t mean “Are you a headphones person or more of a speaker fan?” I mean, what parts of your brain do you...