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.
(CNN) — After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?" If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy
What's the psychological appeal of looking at food that can't be tasted? In the mid-20th century, the Dutch biologist Nikolaas Tinbergen uncovered an odd quirk of animal behavior: Across species, the in
Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary
Pessimism and Anxiety Can Improve Performance By Sue Shellenbarger Sue Shellenbarger The Wall Street Journal Biography Google+ Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com Most people seek to project an upbeat, confident
Today is the birthday of one of the art world's most beloved outsiders, the iconic post-Impressionist whose melancholic spirit and rapturous paintings forever colored our notion of the "tortured artist."
The world's biggest spirits producer is getting on board with nutrition information labels that tell you exactly how many calories are in your glass. It's simple enough to figure out how many calories
In the old days it was only a doctor who decided that you might benefit from some kind of test - possibly a blood test, to further treatment or diagnosis - but now it seems that complementary therapists
The company behind the American arm of Birds Eye frozen vegetables has joined bidders looking to gobble up Quorn, the manufacturer of meat substitute foods US food group Pinnacle, which produces some America’s
The produce is not yet available in stores The FDA said this week that new varieties of genetically modified fruits and vegetables are safe for consumption, The New York Times reports. The safety review
Frat boys caught on video singing a racist chant are shocking but not as surprising as we might think. New studies show young folks to be no less prejudiced than their elders. They just believe they are.
Celebrity chef Pete Evans ‘won’t be silenced’ after his paleo book for children stirred up controversy – but paleo’s assumptions are only superficially plausible Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans planned
An expert sorts through the effects of stress on memory, and its troubling relationship to dementia Stress can be memory’s best friend. But when you forget where you put the car keys, stress can also you
Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie Heaven Is for Real, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited
It’s tiring to lug around your armor of spurious competence and exhausting to weather a swarm of weigh-ins from everyone else If you’ve ever wanted to throw your computer away rather than express or read
A new paper argues that the gesture may have evolved to allow people to judge one another's scent signals. In 2010, to prepare its dealers for the launch of a new sales promotion, the U.K. arm of Chevrolet
Wander the city in 2015 and all you’ll see is people staring at screens or talking on handsets. Is it changing who we are? Tom Chatfield weighs up the arguments. A group of people wait by a monument, of
As the airborne particles turn: Across the globe, dust (red-orange) is lifted from land, sea salt (blue) swirls up from oceans, soot (green and yellow) rises from fires and sulfur (white) streams from
The guests have hung their coats by the indoor swimming pool of a 23rd-floor penthouse overlooking Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest stadium. In the apartment's soaring atrium, designed like a traditional home,
If you like a cup of coffee and an egg in the morning, you've got the green light. A panel of top nutrition experts appointed by the federal government has weighed in with its long-awaited diet advice.
Your tongue doubtless knows the difference between a high-fat food and the low-fat alternative. Full-fat ice cream and cream cheese feel silkier and more sumptuous. Burgers made with fatty meat are typically
It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents in 2000 to keep peanuts far away from infants and