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Bungie Used Behavioral Psychology to Make Destiny Appealing

It's all in your mind.<p>There's a purely scientific reason why people keep taking their Guardians back into the world of Destiny.<p>Speaking at GDC 2015, …

4 Unexpected Signs You Need Couples Counseling

<b>1. You're Mean to the Cat</b><p>Confession: In the months before my ex and I landed in counseling, I was a bitch to our cat. I also yelled at moldy …

Internet trolls are also real-life trolls

My brother and I have a childhood history of internet trolling under our belts. Innocent enough, yes – but disruptive nonetheless. From the same room at our parents’ house, we’d play Yahoo! Graffiti(the internet’s version of Pictionary). The word was “dinosaur” and it was his turn to draw. He’d …

30 Brilliant Test Answers From Smartass Kids

When a child’s answer to a question on a quiz or test is incorrect but clever, should they get credit for it? Here are 30 clever test answers that …

The Psychology of Trust in Work and Love

<i>“When you trust people to help you, they often do,”</i> Amanda Palmer asserted in her beautiful meditation on the art of asking without shame. But what does it really mean to “trust,” and perhaps more importantly, how can we live with the potential heartbreak that lurks in the gap between “often” and …

Psychological Theories of Love

Why do people fall in love? Why are some forms of love so lasting and others so fleeting? Psychologists and researchers have proposed several …

Nature vs. Nurture: Do Genes or Environment Matter More?

The nature versus nurture debate is one of the oldest philosophical issues within psychology. So what exactly is it all about?<p><b>Nature</b> refers to all of …

Examples and Observations of a Confirmation Bias

Where do your beliefs and opinions come from? If you are like most people, you probably like to think that your beliefs are the result of years of …

Psychological Consequences Of Calling Obesity A Disease

Does thinking about obesity as a disease lead to bad diet choices? A new study suggests so. Crystal Hoyt talks about her new research. Physician Dr. Leslie Walker also weighs in.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'd like to thank Celeste Headlee …

Learn to shoot photos of meteors

Want to try to capture a meteor on film? The first step is planning. The next step is to gather your equipment. Then on to the capture process itself.<p>…

Fertility treatments 'threaten our humanity', warns Robert Winston

IVF pioneer Lord Winston has warned that a growing market for fertility treatments could "threaten our humanity", including if the rich were able to pay for so-called "designer babies".<p>The fertility expert who developed key advancements in IVF treatment told fellow academics at a conference "we …

Is the NSA Hiding Another Heartbleed?

The debate over when, if ever, the U.S. government should be allowed to secretly exploit computer vulnerabilities for offensive spying has reignited …