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Cognitive science shows that humans are smarter as a group than they are on their own

As individuals, the amount we know about the world is miniscule. One psychologist estimated that an individual’s knowledge store is about one gigabyte, much less than fits on a typical USB thumb drive. This is why most of us struggle to name even a few foreign leaders or accurately draw a picture …

Your child is not your confidant

By Cindy Lamothe<p>Many well-meaning parents tend to overshare what’s going on in their personal lives with their kids — whether it’s by telling them about their most recent conflict at work or complaining about issues at home with their partner.<p>But according to psychologists, continuously confiding …

It can be harder to lose a dog than a relative or friend — here's why

I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath - she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that everyone was ok because we were both by her side.<p>When people who have never had a dog see their dog-owning friends mourn the …

Pets

Why People Use Information Avoidance to Choose Their Own Reality

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University pinpointed the strategies that modern people rely on more and more to support their own versions of …

Why we can't put our smartphones down – and what it's doing to our relationships

Here's what some experts have to say about why smartphones are so habit-forming and the repercussions of being glued to our phones, followed by a …

Our dogs could have been lying to us this whole time just to get what they want, study reveals

Giving 'puppy eyes' a whole new meaning<p>For decades, science and animal behaviourists have been trying to get inside the heads of our adorable dogs to …

The Psychology Of Sentimental Items And How To Let Go Of Them

<b>One of the biggest barriers many people experience when transitioning into a minimalist lifestyle is letting go of sentimental items.</b><p>We all have them.<p>…

Minimalism

The Psychology of the Sample Sale

What makes otherwise mild-mannered shoppers shove each other in the quest for discount goods?<p>A few years ago, my mom brought me to one of those sales for special designer collaborations at Target. At 6:30 a.m., we drove to a big store in suburban Maryland, then stood in line in the early spring …

Attractive people have shorter relationships and are more interested in alternative partners

Scarlett Johansson announced her split from Romain Dauriac this January<i>By</i> Christian JarrettYou probably won’t be reaching for your violin too quickly …

12 things that can make you less attractive, according to science

There are, unfortunately, at least as many easy ways to sabotage your sex appeal, like slouching or crossing your arms in your online-dating photo. Swipe left!<p>Below, we've rounded up some all-too-common traits and behaviors that can make it harder to score a date — only some of which have to do …

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Why do we think we’re nicer than we actually are?

A study has found that 98% of people think they’re among the nicest 50%. And this delusion seeps into everything from how we rate our attractiveness to our driving<p>How nice are you? No, really, deep down, how nice are you? It would be easy to imagine that low self-esteem leads us to play down our …

5 Signs Indicating That You are Becoming a Positive-Minded Person

Whoever says that being positive is easy is trying to sell you some unrealistic dream. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that life is phenomenal, but I …

The Solution To Millennial Loneliness

On a cold, moonless night, the co-owner of Macy’s department store and his wife were aboard the sinking Titanic. Mrs. Straus distributed blankets to the women and children in Life Boat No. 8. But, when asked to enter the lifeboat herself, she refused to leave Mr. Straus’s side. “All these years we …

Why rejection hurts so much — and what you can do to ease the pain

Whether the rejection is large or small, it still hurts, and it's often more painful than we expect.<p>Psychologist Guy Winch is the author of the book 'Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts,' which outlines why we feel so bad when we're rejected and what we …

Pain and the brain: How love, fear, and much more affect the experience of pain - Scope

The old maxim “pain is just a feeling” is more true than we thought.<p>In his address for last fall's Stanford Back Pain Education Day, Sean Mackey, MD, …

The science of why heartbreak is so painful

A few years ago, Yeshiva University neuroscientist Lucy Brown and her research team distributed flyers across several campuses in the New York area …

Psychology

People Who Feel Socially Inferior Eat More and Prefer Unhealthy Food

Many poor communities are called "food deserts" because they offer no access to healthy foods like fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Faced with …

An evolutionary psychologist explains why you will always be haunted by high school

For better or worse, many of us never forget high school: the unrequited romantic crushes, chronic embarrassment, desperate struggles for popularity, sexual awakening, parental pressure and, above all else, competition—social, athletic, academic.<p>There’s even an entire genre of entertainment that …

Humans are born irrational, and that has made us better decision-makers

In the 1970s, two psychologists proved, once and for all, that humans are not rational creatures. Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky discovered “cognitive biases,” showing that that humans systematically make choices that defy clear logic.<p>But what Kahneman and Tversky acknowledged, and is all too …

Gossiping might actually be good for you

Gossip can be toxic for relationships. When we share negative information about others, we risk hurting our peers’ feelings, eroding trust, and destroying friendships. But, counterintuitively, research suggests that this social behavior may not be entirely negative.<p>Tantalizing talk is nothing new. …