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Mississippi River

You're a Completely Different Person at 14 And 77 Years Old, Personality Study Suggests

Somebody that I used to know.<p>For those struggling to shake the memories of some awkward teenage years, take heart, because it looks like your body …

Psychology

The 50 Best Podcasts of 2016

From politics shows to horror series, highlights from a year of listening<p>Gone are the days of explaining what a podcast is: The arrival of money to the form and a continued increase in listeners has led to another banner year and the premiere of hundreds of shows to suit any listener’s audio …

Stranger Things

The moment our marriage was over: 'I shook as I held his cellphone'

<i>In this pop-up series, anonymous writers share the most painful moment of their marriage: the moment they knew their relationship was over</i><p>My marriage ended on 20 November 2014, but I was too dumb to know it. I was too dumb, too hopeful, too patient, giving away fistfuls of second chances to avoid …

Relationships

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

<i>Below, our favorite stories of the week.</i><p><i>Michelle Dean | BuzzFeed | Aug. 18, 2016 | 34 minutes (8,504 words)</i><p>A true crime story about Dee Dee …

Roads

20 of the Most Popular Cleaning Hacks on Pinterest

Slow Cookers

How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits

<i>Summary: Researchers report they have identified a neural pathway involved in switching between habitual behavior and deliberate decision</i> …

Five of the best meditation apps

The first rule of mindfulness might be to switch your smartphone off. From checking emails at bedtime to constant, needy push notifications from mobile games, our phones can often feel like they amplify our daily stress.<p>Turning to your smartphone for respite from the digital clutter may feel as …

Apps

Antidepressants aren't just for depression anymore, study finds

Antidepressants didn't get to be the third-most commonly prescribed medication in the United States for nothing. In fact, says a new study, the medications taken by more than 10% of American adults may be so ubiquitous because they are used to do so much.<p>Depression medication, a new study suggests, …

Inside the Movement to Declare Pornography a ‘Health Crisis’

Newly intensifying anti-porn campaigns are mixing conservative and liberal principles, science, and ideology.<p>In 2010, Arkansas psychologist Ana Bridges and colleagues scrutinized 304 scenes that they would deem in a scientific journal to be “popular pornographic videos.” The researchers were …

Public Health

How well online dating works, according to someone who has been studying it for years

A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange. Surrounded by potential partners, she pulled out her phone, hid it coyly beneath the counter, and opened the online dating app Tinder. On her screen, images of men appeared and …

Relationships

Dating to Save Your Tiny Religion From Extinction

Finding love within the Zoroastrian community can be complicated, especially because interfaith couples aren’t always accepted.<p>When Parsi Zoroastrians, having fled Persian persecution, arrived on Indian soil sometime between the 8th and 10th centuries, the story goes, an Indian ruler sent a cup …

Religion

12 Cocktails to Kick Off the Weekend

Is there any greater time of the week than Friday happy hour? The work week is finally done, but the weekend to-do list — filled with errands, …

San Francisco

Cocktails for Drinkers: Accessible, Not Even Remotely Artisanal Cocktails

The craft cocktail movement has gotten a little intense and, though <i>I’m</i> not complaining, many feel that it’s all become a bit precious with infusions, …

The Glaring Evidence That Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

A debate at Yale highlighted the disconnect between those who would downplay the problem, and the growing mass of evidence that they’re wrong.<p>At a recent Intelligence Squared debate, an audience filled an auditorium at Yale University to weigh the timely proposition, “Free speech is threatened on …

Rights & Freedoms
Crime

Man gets photoshopped in 19 different countries for study on attractiveness

Inspired by a project called Before & After by journalist Esther Honig, a site called Online Doctor asked 19 graphic designers around the world — 11 women and eight men — to take the same photo of a man, and Photoshop it along the lines of what their respective countries consider beautiful.<p>Their …

Photo Manipulation

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

Study Skills

All About Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction

Jason is a 19-year-old college student. He's been dating the same girl since his sophomore year of high school. They had sex for the first time after their senior prom, and, according to Jason, they "went at it like rabbits" for the entire summer until they went away to different colleges. Despite …

Oprah Winfrey

Join us or die: the birth of Boko Haram

How the tattered remnants of an Islamist sect transformed into a relentless terrorist army that Nigeria cannot defeat<p>In February 2009, I was at a motor park in Maraba, a satellite of the Nigerian capital Abuja, looking for motorcyclists wearing dried vegetables on their heads. The Nigerian Police …

Africa

Ted Cruz’s Howitzer

Ted Cruz couldn’t take it any longer. It was July 23, 2012. Houston. The final debate of the Republican runoff in Cruz’s bid for a seat in the U.S. …

Government

2 psychologists researched break-ups and found that a simple strategy can make them easier

As they work to figure out the answer, people typically create new relationship stories, analyzing the events leading up to the breakup and using them to build a cohesive narrative.<p>In some cases, this type of storytelling can be positive, helping people to make sense of—and come to terms …

Breakups

All Hollowed Out

The lonely poverty of America’s white working class<p>For the last several months, social scientists have been debating the striking findings of a study by the economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton.* Between 1998 and 2013, Case and Deaton argue, white Americans across multiple age groups experienced …

Income Inequality

The Best of Brain Pickings 2015

The paradoxical psychology of why we fall in love, what maturity really means, how our emotions affect our immune system, the transformative power of solitude, and a year’s worth more.<p>After the annual reading list of the 15 finest books of the year, it’s time for the annual look back upon the best …

A Harvard psychiatrist says 3 things are the secret to real happiness

Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger is the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest and most complete studies of adult life ever conducted. Waldinger described some of the secrets to happiness revealed by the study in a recent TED talk.<p>The study followed two cohorts of white …

Psychology

2015’s Best TV: I Hate Top Ten Lists, but O.K., Fine, Here’s a List

As I’ve written each year during this festive season, I hate Top Ten lists. But do I have opinions? Sure, I have opinions.<p>The other day, someone asked me whether “Transparent,” Jill Soloway’s series on Amazon, was a “niche” show. This was a generally reasonable individual, mind you. But I knew what …

TV

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 1 | WIRED

<i>“I imagine that someday I may have a story written about my life and it would be good to have a detailed account of …

The Funniest Commercials of 2015

Spike TV will crown the 10 funniest commercials of the year Thursday night. Here, we exclusively reveal the top three.<p>Gone are the days when …

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The 5 Habits That Will Make You Happy, According to Science

So what’s going to make you happy? Let’s get more specific: what’s going to make your <i>brain</i> happy? And let’s focus on things that are simple and easy …

Happiness