Why do people complain? Not to torture others with their negativity, surely. When most of us indulge in a bit of a moan, the idea is to "vent." By getting our emotions out, we reason, we'll feel better.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the Mysterious." When President Barack Obama nominated the Christian geneticist Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health in 2009, some American
A psychologist interviewed a bunch of murderers and learned 5 surprising things about what drives people to kill
Who could do something like this? Who is truly that evil? Forensic psychologist James Garbarino might have some answers. Earlier this year, the Loyola University psychologist published a book tying these
What makes highly creative people different from the rest of us? In the 1960s, psychologist and creativity researcher Frank X. Barron set about finding out. Barron conducted a series of experiments on
There’s a simple recipe for building the Universe as we know it today: take a sea of matter and radiation that starts off hot, dense and expanding, and give it time to cool. Over long enough timescales,
Whether you’d like to admit it or not, you probably have an average IQ. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to increase your intelligence. You probably think you’re pretty smart. Most people believe they’re
Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful. This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.
But don't try these at home. Seriously. Gamers often perform repetitive tasks to improve their character’s skill set, gain rewards, and advance to new levels. The process is known as grinding: Now, an
Psychological research suggests there are plenty of ways to get people to do what you want — without them even realizing you've persuaded them. We've rounded up 11 science-backed strategies for getting
We all want to be happy. Yet relatively few of us are, especially people in their early 40s. (I’m no psychologist, but that’s probably about when many of us start thinking, “Wait… is this all there is?”)