New Year's resolutions are made to be broken: why even bother making resolutions when you know you're not going to keep them? Although maybe we shouldn't give up on resolutions just yet, as one study suggests they really can work.
We know that people born in winter months are at greater risk of neurological disorders, including serious conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. We're now starting to understand the reasons behind this phenomenon, and it's all about our biological clocks.
Female members of one fish species show strong responses in a primitive part of her brain when she watches her chosen male lose in a fight. Humans might also possess this overwhelming evolutionary imperative to find the toughest, most combat-ready mates.
Psychology has a bad habit of turning up unpleasant truths, and this is one of them. If you make doing the wrong thing easier than doing the right thing, then most people will just go with the immoral flow.
Humans spend about a third our their entire lives asleep...at least, that's the theory. Lots of people get by on significantly less sleep, but this has its trade-offs. And memory is one of the biggest victims of not enough sleep.
Syntax is found in all languages: verbs, subjects, and objects are arranged in predictable patterns that allow us to comprehend the action being described. And syntax goes deeper than language, as it's actually hardwired into our understanding of the world.
From a neurological perspective, spiritual sensations like out-of-body experiences are fairly easy to understand. They're the result of changes in the brain's arousal system. But animals have the same system as humans...meaning animals could have a spirituality all their own.
Anybody hoping to sneak some withering sarcasm past an unsuspecting little brat is going to be sorely disappointed. Even the littlest of children can understand irony. Turns out children really aren't so different from us after all.
As we get older, our senses actually "fuse" together, and we lose the ability to focus on isolated pieces of sensory information. This means adults perceive certain events far more accurately than children can... and vice versa.
The different behaviors of males and females in the bedroom has been ably investigated by decades of stand-up comics, but only now are scientists entering the fray to examine the deeper motivations of post-coital activities. Evolutionary psychology to the rescue!
It seems like the most blatantly circular reasoning ever, but when researchers wanted to determine whether there's a genetic component to people's willingness to respond to a survey, there was only one way to do it. Send out a survey!
Sometimes, a scientific paper's title tells you everything you need to know. Like this one - "Positioning the booty-call relationship on the spectrum of relationships: sexual but more emotional than one-night stands." Yes, science has figured out the truth...about booty-calls.
Two heads are supposedly better than one, but is this true when it comes to how we see the world? Combining people's initial estimates really can make for better measurements - but only if both observers know what they're doing.
A sense of humor is one of our most fundamentally human behaviors, but psychologists and philosophers alike have never really been able to satisfactorily explain why we find certain things funny. The latest theory suggests it's all about benign immorality.
To seal more car deals, Chevrolet UK looked to arm its sales force with the perfect weapon of confidence: an unstoppable handshake. Here's the secret they received from Geoffrey Beattie, Head of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester.
People who grew up during the Great Depression often turned into compulsive penny-pinchers, unable to spend money without anxiety. Will recent recessions leave similar psychological scars on people growing up today? A new study by economists suggests they will.
Bad news for advertisers hoping to sell products to consumers' subconscious: a new study finds subliminal messaging works best not with images of happiness or consumer satisfaction, but when the message leaves the viewer feeling anxious or threatened.
A lonely child might invent an imaginary friend, but for adults, reprieve from loneliness comes from a less creative source: television. New studies find that humans are sating their craving for friendship by forming relationships with the people on TV.
Today 6 men will be locked in a small space capsule together for three months to test the psychological effects of a prolonged space flight. Because a trip to Mars might take a year and a half to three years, this test just scrapes the surface of the potentially harrowing experience of living in a tiny space with five…