1. nighttime
    Why Are My Dreams So Vivid Right Now?Exploring the pandemic’s impact on our sleeping minds.
  2. What It’s Like to Control My Nightmares With Lucid DreamingI’ve escaped death and dealt with loss, all while sleeping.
  3. science of us
    Too Many Doctors Still Believe Dangerous Racial StereotypesThe online outrage over a medical textbook barely begins to address a widespread problem.
  4. science of us
    The Enduring Influence of Your Middle-School Best FriendA slew of recent books focus on a woman’s lifelong link to her first real friend.
  5. unsolicited advice
    How to Get Fresh Perspective on a Project You’re Sick OfWhat is the creative equivalent of sniffing coffee beans at a perfume shop?
  6. How Depression Has — and Hasn’t — Become NormalizedStigma is softening, at least a little.
  7. Cat Marnell’s Memoir Provides a Window Into 2000s-Era Doctor ShoppingResearchers believe the practice was a major factor in the painkiller abuse we see today.
  8. The Vegetarian and the Puzzling Link Between Diet and Mood“If you’re going to be a vegetarian, you have to be more thoughtful about what you eat.”
  9. pets
    Humans and Cats Have a Strange, Complicated HistoryHow we got the house cat.
  10. Why Dreams Are So Essential to ISIS SympathizersDreams can be the deciding factor in decisions to join the terrorist group or carry out an attack.
  11. A New Book Says You Should Talk to Strangers. Counterpoint: No.A nice idea with some big gaps in logic.
  12. I Tried to Get High on Chocolate With Help From a New Age ShamanSeekers — of spiritual enlightenment, and of more ordinary highs — are finding some creative uses for the ancient bean.
  13. child development
    How Would the Ordeal in Room Affect a Kid in Real Life?It turns out kids are more adaptable than one might think.
  14. crying
    Why It Feels So Good to Cry in the ShowerTobias Fünke was on to something.
  15. political psychology
    Stephen Colbert Made Conservatives More ConservativeThe faux-blowhard icon had some surprising effects on his viewers, not all of whom were in on the joke.
  16. gender
    It’s Now More Socially Acceptable for Men to Diet Than WomenA big-time cultural shift.
  17. going viral
    Why YouTube Videos Go ViralPhysical arousal is key.
  18. kids
    Lying to Your Kids — Even for Good Reasons — Will Turn Them Into LiarsThe road to dishonest kids is paved with good intentions.
  19. political psychology
    Ebola Fears Could Make People More Likely to Vote ConservativeThe biological/psychological roots of conservatism.
  20. religion
    Here’s What Happens When Hasidic Jews Join the Secular World“I was afraid some punishment by God might be imminent.”
  21. consciousness
    What Near-Death Experiences Can Teach Us About ConsciousnessNew research might alter our understanding of death.
  22. gender
    People Use ‘I’ and ‘Me’ Less As They Get Older, Says a New Facebook StudyBut why?
  23. sex
    Disabled Men Explain the Real Reasons They Paid for SexIt’s as much about independence as it is about lust.
  24. medical history
    The Debate Over an 18th-Century Sex-Change SurgeryIt started when a surgeon noted an “irregularity” in a young patient’s “external parts.”
  25. body image
    Women Who Wear Hijabs May Have a Better Body ImageWhat the hijab tells us about standards of beauty from different parts of the world.
  26. linguistics
    Why Can’t We Stop Talking About ‘Bikini Bodies’?The staying power of a troubling term.