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How Much Can You Really Change After You Turn 30?

I am turning 30 in March, and so I was a little unnerved when I recently came across a question that researchers who study personality have …

Everyday Routines Make Life Feel More Meaningful

Think about the most meaningful experiences in your life. You will probably recall your wedding, or a trip across Europe, or your first skydive. You …

The 12 Worst Habits for Your Mental Health

Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control—the death of a loved one, a job loss, or financial troubles. But the small choices you …

A mathematical formula reveals the secret to lasting relationships

According to mathematician Hannah Fry, it may come down to a simple formula.<p>Fry, who works at the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis in London, explains in her 2014 TED Talk and recently released book, "The Mathematics of Love," that the best predictor of long-lasting relationships is how …

Brains of Introverts Reveal Why They Prefer Being Alone

Human faces may hold more meaning for socially outgoing individuals than for their more introverted counterparts, a new study suggests.<p>The results …

5 Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Someone: Backed By Research

Here are the things you can tell just by looking at someone<p>As for personality, you can generally trust your gut when guessing extraversion, …

How Negative Thinking Can Help You Get Ahead

Here are three ways negativity can be a powerful thing, and why the trick may be figuring out when to put it to use.<p>As I've written before, the upside of bad moods is becoming more detail-oriented. Since you're so attuned to everything around you — and presumably why it's not what you want — poring …

Coldhearted Psychopaths Feel Empathy Too

Psychopaths may be capable of empathizing with others in some situations, a new study has found.<p>The study's researchers investigated the brain …

How to Spot Psychopaths: Speech Patterns Give Them Away

NEW YORK — Psychopaths are known to be wily and manipulative, but even so, they unconsciously betray themselves, according to scientists who have …

Schizophrenia May Be the Price We Pay for a Big Brain

Plenty of us have known a dog on Prozac. We have also witnessed the eye rolls that come with the mention of canine psychiatry. Doting pet …

7 ways to tell if someone is cheating on you

But if you're worried that someone's fibbing extends into the important stuff, like happiness or fidelity, you might have considered trying to catch them in a lie.<p>Unfortunately, science can't tell you if your partner is sleeping around, but it is getting better at spotting when someone — especially …

How to Remember What You Read

A great place to start with book retention is with understanding some key ways our brain stores information. Here are three specific elements to …

10 Things That Can Predict Whether Your Spouse Will Cheat on You

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Sexual Satisfaction

• People who have regular orgasms live longer, seem to have less stress and enjoy lower rates of heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and …

The Misconceptions About Mental Illness We Need to Unlearn

Mental illness isn’t like a sinus infection. You can’t just wait it out or take a pill to make everything go away. Our brains are complex and …

Welcome to Forbes

Picky Eaters Are Not All Alike

There is no scientific definition of picky eating, but parents say they know it when they see it, and according to new research, they are likely to …

This is why we are compelled to lie

Why do we feel compelled to lie? Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and author of "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty," explains how our environment and people we interact with everyday influences us to be dishonest. You can learn more about dishonesty by watching The (Dis)honesty Project.<p><i>Produced</i> …

The Surprising Psychology of BDSM Players

Both the book and movie versions of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> got a good deal right about erotic bondage-discipline-sado-masochism (BDSM). But <i>Fifty Shades</i> …

5 surprising lessons a psychologist learned from interviewing killers

Which is to say, he interviews criminals before appearing as a witness to give expert testimony in their trials.<p>Earlier this year, the Loyola University psychologist published a book tying these experiences together, entitled "Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My Twenty Years as a …

Why Do Graveyard Shifts Wreak Havoc on Human Metabolism?

Humans are wired to be awake during the day and sleep at night, but millions of Americans defy biology to pull the graveyard shift. Hospital …

What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

What makes a person believe that he visited heaven? Is there a way for science to get at what’s really going on? In the April 2015 issue of the Atlantic, Gideon Lichfield mounts an empirical investigation of near-death experiences, concluding that more rigorous research must be pursued to …

Empiricism

3 science-backed ways to get smarter

We'd all love to be just a bit brainier, wouldn't we?<p>And that's precisely what Dan Hurley's new book, "Smarter," is all about.<p>In his exploration of fluid intelligence, he's come upon three tried-and-true ways that anyone can start improving his brain.<p>The brain-training company Lumosity was …

The 7 Characteristics of Emotionally Strong People

Emotionally strong people manage the stresses of daily life more effectively, and recover more quickly from challenges and crises when they arise. …

Context Matters When It Comes to Travel Time

Have you ever gone somewhere and found on the return trip you just couldn't wait to get home? And barring three hours of traffic on the Belt Parkway …

Why you probably hate the sound of your own voice

Whether you've heard yourself talking on the radio or just gabbing in a friend's Instagram video, you probably know the sound of your own voice -- and chances are pretty good that you hate it.<p>As the video above explains, your voice as you hear it when you speak out loud is very different from the …

Psychology

The Psychological Reason 'Billie Jean' Kills at Weddings

Research suggests that a love of particular songs can be passed from generation to generation.<p>“… Baby, One More Time” is not a good song. You could make a convincing argument, in fact, that it is an actively terrible song: devoid of musical merit, underdeveloped, overproduced, eroding our …

Psychology

How Men And Women Differ When Drawing Up The 'Perfect Body'

In case you needed more fodder for a “depressingly unrealistic body expectations” Pinterest board, lingerie shop Bluebella.com polled 500 men and 500 …