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Let’s Add Some Nuance to the ‘Two Americas’ Narrative
By looking at each state through the Human Development Index, the U.S. looks more like many nations at all different levels of well-being.
Awe Is the Everyperson’s Spiritual Experience
It’s the gateway drug for self-transcendence.
What’s It Like to Be an Octopus?
They have more neurons in their arms than their head, can squeeze through holes, and get into all sorts of mischief. What’s a philosopher to do?
Why Astronauts Speak in ‘Space Creole’
Hint: There are cosmonauts involved.
There’s a Word for the Assumption That Everybody Should Be in a Relationship
Because only defective people are single, right?
The Reason Comic Sans Is a Public Good
It’s legible to more people.
There Are 3 Kinds of Porn Users
One is healthy.
Old Dogs Are Getting Adopted Way More Often, and They’re Also Quite Smart
With a little bit of canine advocacy.
This Psychologist Is Figuring Out How Your Brain Makes Emotions
“Emotions are not your reactions to your world. They are how you make sense of what’s going on inside your body in relation to the world.”
Maybe Monogamy Isn’t the Only Way to Love
Exclusivity and commitment may not be one and the same.
The Weirdest Thing About How Music Triggers Memories
The music that recalls memories fastest.
The Best Way to Answer Kids When They Ask ‘Why?’
If you don’t satisfy their teleological needs, they’re just going to ask again.
Child-Free People Inspire Moral Outrage
Because it’s so wrong to not have kids, right?
The Two Big Ways Immigrants Drive Down Crime
Less violence, more money.
Yes, You Really Do Look Like Your Name
“Our given name is our very first social tagging.”
Weirdly, Success Is About Thinking You’re Not That Successful
Just ask Kanye. Or Stanford.
Australia Is Figuring Out How to Get People to Quit Smoking
It’s all in the packaging.
Why Frequent Sex Makes for Happier Humans
Cuddle more, says research.
Religion Spreads Through Actions More Than Words
It’s all about “credibility-enhancing displays.”
Americans Are Outlived by People in Poorer Countries
South Korea’s population is slated to become super-long-lived; the U.S. population isn’t.
Women Use Singsong Smarts to Talk to Their Dogs
It’s a matter of using “all the resources available to them as language users, with their nonhuman social partners.”
The Personality Trait Most Shared by Morning People
And why “evening-oriented individuals are at a great disadvantage.”
Maybe Plants Remember Stuff
“Overnight, they turn back to where the sun will be in the morning! They seem to encode, store, and retrieve that information.”
Brain Scans Reveal 4 ‘Biotypes’ of Depression
Figuring out the neural machinery that underlies the condition.
Emotional Swings Make You More Gullible
Why the “good cop, bad cop” routine works.
The Bias That Trump (Like Reagan) Uses to Fool America
A claim doesn’t have to be true, it just has to be sticky.
A Unified Theory of Why Men Send Dick Pics
They evolved to do it. Kind of.
Heartbreak Looks a Lot Like Drug Withdrawal in the Brain
“The same areas of the brain that were active in the brains of cocaine addicts were active in these people who were heartbroken.”
Let’s Stop Treating the Divorce Rate Like the Crime Rate
“We don’t know … if we’re measuring a problem, or some kind of healthy churning.”
America Just Broke a National Stress Record
Donald Trump’s victory has ushered in a new era of national anxiety.
George Saunders: Fiction Makes You Less Self-Absorbed
With a little help from Chekhov.
(Only) Men Earn Way More Money From Going to Fancy Schools
Women who went to the best schools earned as much as men who went to the worst schools.
When Awe Turns Frightening
It’s not all sunsets. It’s also thunderstorms.
Being Mindful Makes You Less Likely to Screw Up Your Relationship
It helps to be “aware of, and then cope constructively with, negative reactions to challenging relationship experiences.”
Rich People Literally See the World Differently
Money shapes perception, down to the millisecond.
Remarriage Is the New American Marriage
Forty percent of weddings have somebody who’s tied the knot before.
Nobody Is Moving, Especially Millennials
To the greatest extent in 50 years, the young are staying put.
Squid Speak an Alphabet With Their Skin
And their brains are really weird.
Needy Narcissists May Just Be Extreme Neurotics
What happens when your distress keeps you from caring about anyone else.
Inside the Linguistic Anatomy of the Perfect Trump Insult
It starts with a state senator calling Trump a “fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon” and only gets better.
10 Minutes And A Set Of Stairs Are All You Need To Get More Fit
Fitness can and should be convenient.
Psychologists Think They Found the Purpose of Depression
It can pull you out of the hustle of daily life — and into meaning-making.
Music Tickles the Same Brain System As Sex and Drugs
Which may be why it appears in every human culture.
Everybody Discounts How Much Fun Matters for Their Next Job
Money, money, fun?
Why It Feels Like Years Since Trump’s Inauguration
Psychology and philosophy explain why.
The Evolutionary Reason Cats Are Badass Loners
a pack animal.
Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Whales Do Awesome Leaps Into the Air
Now that’s a data breach.
3 Things Sociologists Learned by Studying the Women’s March
The power of “intersectional activism – a version of activism that is sensitive to how race, class, gender and sexuality complicate inequality.”
With Sex and Age, Men And Women Are Surprisingly Similar
The gap isn’t that big — at least in Finland.
Cheaters Live in the Present Moment
Honesty looks toward the future.