Chloe Seymour

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Sense of Humor Changes With Age

A new study explains why your grandma doesn't find The Office funny.<p>There’s an episode in the first season of <i>The Office</i> in which Michael Scott, the tactless boss, is asking his female employees to serve as cheerleaders for an upcoming company basketball game. When the heavyset Phyllis says she’ll …

Why Don't We Treat Teeth Like the Rest of Our Bodies?

Dental care is excluded from most insurance plans for a bizarre and antiquated reason, and millions of people suffer as a result.<p>COLLEGE PARK, Maryland—Kira Adam was tired of waiting. When she first noticed the cavity about six months ago, she tried to book a dentist’s appointment, but she had …

Behold, Every Horror Movie on TV This October

A scary-vast calendar for a vast, scary genre<p>On Monday, October 13th, you’ll be able to sit down in front of your TV and enjoy a John Carpenter cult classic, a remake of a John Carpenter cult classic, an urban anthology, a zombie comedy, an animated family movie, a staple of the slasher genre, a …

The End of the Selfie Hype Cycle

They've become boring. And that means they're finally getting interesting.<p>Are you sick of reading about selfies? Are you tired of hearing about how those pictures you took of yourself on vacation last month are evidence of narcissism, but also maybe of empowerment, but also probably of the …

Is Support for Gay Marriage Dropping? Don’t Count On It

A Pew poll last week showed a small dip, but the overall trend—and more importantly, the underlying fundamentals—haven't changed.<p>Last week, a Pew Research Center poll showed a 5-point drop in support for same-sex marriage between February (54 percent) and September (49 percent) of this year. The …

How Consumers' Moods Drive Decisions

The surprising effect of good and bad moods on what people read, what they buy, and how they act<p>In April this year, scientists from Georgia Tech and Yahoo Labs reported that something strange was manipulating online restaurant reviews. It wasn't hackers. It wasn't software bugs. It was rain, snow, …