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Getting just 6 hours of sleep is linked to mental health issues

You might think you can get by on 5 or 6 hours’ sleep a night, but people who get less than 7 hours are more likely to have mood or mental health …

Mental Health

Evolutionary Psychology Permeates Everyday Life

One of the core hurdles to teaching evolution is the fact that people don’t tend to see the connections between evolutionary principles and their …

Evolution

Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen: ‘We are each our own worst critic’

The clinical psychologist’s new book studies the negative effects and benefits of social anxiety in the age of social media<p><b>Ellen Hendriksen</b> <b>is a clinical psychologist, regular contributor to Scientific American and host of the award-winning podcast</b> <b>The Savvy Psychologist</b><b>. Her new book about social</b> …

Psychology

How Corporations Convinced Us Personality Tests Are Super Fun

And how that made Cambridge Analytica possible.<p>Who among us hasn’t taken one of those online personality quizzes? Luring us in with their catchy …

Psychology

Buttery German Apple Cake

8 servings<p>This gorgeous cake was unanimously crowned the best of the best from this year’s Readers’ Choice Week recipe submissions. We love the simple method to get that professional shingled look without having to layer each individual apple slice. Make sure the butter is truly room temperature, …

Baking

The brave new age of gender-neutral kids

When Storm was born seven years ago in Toronto, he or she became the most famous baby in the city. That’s because Storm’s parents announced that they were going to raise the baby as gender neutral. “If you really want to get to know someone, you don’t ask what’s between their legs,” Storm’s father, …

Gender-Neutral

5 Essential Life Truths That Sound Depressing but Aren't

Lately, I've been reflecting on what I’ve learned and how my worldview has changed as a result of my years of treating patients and my knowledge of …

Self-improvement

New brain cells growing until the day we die, says study

The brain never stops growing, scientists have found in a landmark discovery that could help treat degenerative diseases.Researchers previously …

Columbia University

The ethical minefield of 'mind reading' by recording brain activity

In a small room tucked away at the University of Toronto, Professor Dan Nemrodov is pulling thoughts right out of people's brains.<p>He straps a hat …

The Brain

Why We Want Who We Want

Throughout her 20s, management consultant and author Nita Tucker dated doctors—usually tall ones. She was drawn by their status and her mother's …

Psychology

Maslow's Hierarchy Is the Source of Our Self-Obsession

Whether you know it or not, a powerful cult is recruiting you. Cults display unwarranted admiration for a person or thing, and this one has chosen an …

Behavioral Sciences

"Ask why and why not often" - good advice on recognizing and countering unconscious bias #sketchnote by @tnvora based on @TharoorAssoc #edchat #equity https://t.co/M7SzDr56rs

Why Dating Is Such a Challenge

“Dating today is a nightmare” are the first words that come out of Barry Schwartz’s mouth when I ask him about today’s social landscape. Schwartz is …

Relationships

Research shows no link between video games and violence – Donald Trump still suggests there is

U.S. President Donald Trump met with the video game industry Thursday to raise concerns over violence in games and whether it can lead to violent …

See The World’s Most Spoken Languages In One Eye-Opening Infographic

Around the world there are a total of 7,102 known languages, of this gargantuan amount twenty-three remain popular enough to be considered the most …

Language Learning

The science of resilience: What are the ingredients that help people cope?

Resilience is on many people's minds these days. Hurricanes and fires regularly wallop communities. The risks of climate change loom large, and the …

The Negative Voices in Your Teenager’s Head

<b>This is what a teen might say to you about his or her self-talk:</b><p>"I’m mad. I don’t know why. Sometimes I wake up mad; other days it creeps up on me. I …

Parenting

The double standard of driving while black – in Canada

<i>Marci Ien is a broadcaster and co-host of</i> The Social<p>Another sleepless night. I keep thinking about what happened. I keep thinking about what could have happened. What was meant to be a quiet Sunday evening last week turned into something else. That I am an award-winning journalist didn't matter. …

4 Intimate Questions Partners Should Ask Each Other

The experience of intimacy is complicated and easily misunderstood, for new lovers as well as those in committed relationships. Most relationship …

Self-help

Why students are the answer to psychology's replication crisis

“Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital,” Aaron Levenstein, a business professor at Baruch …

30+ Pointlessly Gendered Products That We Can’t Believe Exist

Gender has been a hotly debated topic for some time now. For some people this is great, in-depth discussions about the injustices and societal …

The DIY Gift That Dry Winter Hands Will Thank You for

One of my first signs of winter, even before I see frost on the grass or need my down coat, is the beginning of dry, tender skin. Lower humidity, colder temperatures, and Chicago’s winds quickly leave me looking for ways to soothe and protect my hands. <b>This homemade salve not only smooths rough</b> …

10 Key Psychological Concepts Many People Just Don’t Get

Here’s an interesting thing about psychology: For the most part, everyone, regardless of their educational background, feels like an expert in the …

Psychology

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

When my colleague Corinne Purtill bought her doll-loving daughter an engineering kit, she had to laugh when the then-three-year-old used the present as a hairbrush. For all Corinne’s efforts at gender-neutral parenting, her daughter clearly enjoyed some traditionally feminine toys.<p>A study published …

Tracing the tangled tracks of humankind's evolutionary journey

The path from ape to modern human is not a linear one. Hannah Devlin looks at what we know – and what might be next for our species<p><b>Let’s go back to the beginning. When did we and our ape cousins part ways?</b><br>Scientists are still working on an exact date – or even a date to within a million years. Like …

Humanity

California science fair project tying race, IQ sparks outcry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California school district is investigating how a science project correlating low intelligence with racial groups was on full display at a science fair, where it drew outrage from some students, parents and staff.<p>The project by a Sacramento high school student …

High School

Amplify: We’re stuck in our echo chambers with no way out

<i>This is the weekly Amplify newsletter. If you're reading this on the web or someone forwarded this email newsletter to you, you can sign up for Amplify and all Globe newsletters</i> here<i>.</i><p>You could say I have a love-hate relationship with social media.<p>My name is Kiran Rana, and I'm a digital and social …

This student is fighting the government in court for the right to vote ‘none of the above’ in federal elections

On Election Day 2015, when Canadians flocked to the polls in numbers not seen in more than two decades, David Rodriguez stayed home because he …

3 Things We Can Stop Doing Right Now

I’m a social psychologist, and I study one of the most powerful and mysterious forces in the universe — social norms. Social norms are the …

Psychology

Scientists Find a Link Between Low Intelligence And People Who Believe 'Pseudo-Profound Bullshit'

A 2015 study found that people who buy into "pseudo-profound bullshit" – the researchers' words, not ours – are more likely to score on the low side …