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  3. unsolicited advice
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  5. animals
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  8. If You Knew Someone Was Being Cheated on — Would You Tell Them?A study on how people decide when and whether to get involved in other people’s business.
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  10. make less-bad decisions
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  12. stranger than fiction
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  13. The Extreme Secondhand Embarrassment of Watching the OscarsA brief look at the cringe-y feeling you may have had while watching the broadcast.
  14. splitsville
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  15. splitsville
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  17. Worrying Is ‘Like Doing Two Things at Once’“When we’re worried, it captures our attention,” which explains why it can feel impossible to do anything else at the same time.
  18. A New Theory on OCD: Maybe It’s About ‘Guilt-Sensitivity’Those who “found guilt unbearable” were also the most likely to report compulsive checking.
  19. sleep
    Study Advises Bad Sleepers to Take to the WoodsLeave your phone at home, please.
  20. unsolicited advice
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  21. Kids Like Their Pets More Than They Like Their SiblingsObviously.
  22. unsolicited advice
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  23. personality
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  24. What Makes Your Life Meaningful?If you’re not sure, this little test can help nudge you in the right direction.
  25. Scientists Want to March on Washington, TooThe details are still coming together, but here’s what we know so far.
  26. Your Brain Gives Up When Discerning Truth From Lies Gets Too HardA rather bleak forecast for the next four years.
  27. The Psychological Importance of Joining a March This WeekendTo be a fully functioning human, you need to feel like you’re connecting to something bigger than yourself.
  28. unsolicited advice
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  29. You (and Your Therapist) Can Change Your PersonalityA big new study promises you are (probably) not stuck with yourself.
  30. 15 Books That Will Nurture Your Nerdier Side in 2017Some of the most exciting science and psychology titles to watch for in the first half of 2017.
  31. Small Things to Remember to Change Your Life for the BetterSome of our favorite advice from behavioral science.
  32. France’s New Opt-Out Organ Donation System Is a Good IdeaTesting out a theory favored by prominent behavioral economists.
  33. Scaredy-Cat Dogs Go Gray When They’re YoungerTheir distinguished looks may have been hard-earned.
  34. How to Have an Emotional Meltdown at Work and Get Away With ItIt’s worth a try.
  35. You Can Be Lazy and Learn a New Language at the Same TimeThere are times when it’s best to put down the Duolingo.
  36. consumer psychology
    8 Ways to Give Slightly Less-Bad Gifts This YearYou can do better.
  37. The Trippy Theory of Consciousness at the Heart of WestworldJust in case you’ve ever questioned the nature of your reality.
  38. the office
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  39. decisions
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  40. The Man Who Was Pretty Convinced the News Was a RerunThis sounds about right.
  41. A Paralyzed Woman Can Now Use Her Thoughts to CommunicateIt’s the first time a patient has been able to use a mind-controlled brain implant like this at home.
  42. The Best Way to Get Over Social Anxiety Is by Embarrassing Yourself in PublicIt’s a version of exposure therapy.
  43. 3 Ways to Channel Your Raging Emotions Into ActionInsights from behavioral scientists on how to pin down your feelings.
  44. Scientists Are Tracking New York Noisiness in Order to Quiet It DownThe researchers hope their work will help pinpoint louder spots and track whether noise ordinances actually work.
  45. Huh, Would You Believe That Forcing Employees to Act Happy Is a Terrible Idea?Lessons from a complaint filed by a former Trader Joe’s employee.
  46. Psychologists Echo Obama’s Belief That Power Reveals Who You Really AreDo with this information what you will.
  47. friendship
    A Small But Deeply Sad Detail in That New Study on Facebook and Friendship“Public-health interventions urging people to go out and try to make more friends may have no effect on health.”
  48. science of us
    It Is Stupidly Important to Plan Your Election-Day LogisticsThree very specific questions to ask yourself.
  49. It Seems a Lot of Dying People See Visions of Their Mothers“Anybody who works in hospice will tell you that it’s really common.”
  50. Empathy Is Nice, But It’s Not Exactly NecessaryYou don’t need to feel someone else’s emotions — you just need to care about them.
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