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Reading has been proven to help sharpen one extremely important emotion

"Fiction might be the mind's flight simulator," Keith Oatley wrote in a new review of the research on reading and mental health, published Tuesday in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.<p>Research into the psychological impact of literature suggests that when we read stories in which characters are rich and …

Psychology

Why are writers so obsessed with scary emotionless futures?

In Drake Doremus’ chilly new science fiction film <i>Equals</i>, Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and Nia (Kristen Stewart) star as star-crossed lovers with a familiar problem: they live in a future world that’s supposedly fixed all its problems by eradicating emotion. Their society has found a biological trigger to …

Science Fiction

The Future Is Now: Making Babies

There are countless science fiction stories, movies, and shows that play on the idea of harvested human beings. Remember the scene in <i>The Matrix</i> where …

The Powerful Psychology Behind Cleanliness

Organization is a topic that's sweeping the internet. What is it about cleanliness that makes us feel so good? Here's a look at the science behind …

Minimalism

Born on an airplane: Is your nationality up in the air? | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Renewing a passport and border checks are not the easiest of tasks for Shona Owen thanks to the unusual location of her birth. About 36,000 feet in the air.<p>To the constant bemusement of immigration officials, her passport reads: "Holder born on an aeroplane."<p>Owen is one of a small community …

CNN

7 Korean-inspired beauty practices you should adopt

What do Korean celebrities Song Hye-Kyo, YoonA and Taeyeon have in common besides fame? Coveted skin and looks that's scored them sponsorship deals …

Life is different for people who think in metaphors

Some people are literal minded – they think in black and white whereas others colour their worlds with metaphor. A new paper published recently in …

Psychology