Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

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Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I've heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid.… » 3/25/15 8:00am Wednesday 8:00am

Why Anti-Vaxxers Just 'Know' They're Right

Anti-vaccination beliefs can cause real, substantive harm, as shown by the recent outbreak of measles in the US. These developments are as shocking and distressing as their consequences are predictable. But if the consequences are so predictable, why do the beliefs persist? » 3/25/15 8:00am Wednesday 8:00am

Many People Hear Voices -- and It Isn't Always a Sign of Illness

Have you ever had a voice in your head that didn't feel like your own? Or heard a voice speaking out loud that you know wasn't really there? Psychologists used to say these were signs of mental illness. But now it turns out that they aren't that unusual — and even people who hear a lot of voices have a wide range of… » 3/11/15 4:30pm 3/11/15 4:30pm

Wow, People Really Suck at Drawing Apple's Logo From Memory 

Do you know what Apple's oh-so-ubiquitous logo looks like? Do you really? UCLA psychologists asked 85 undergrads to draw the Apple logo from memory, and only one got it right. The rest of the results are hilarious and incorrectly lopsided. » 3/10/15 8:05pm 3/10/15 8:05pm

What Makes an Image Go Viral? Could Be as Simple as Color 

Never before in human history has it been so easy to share, like, pin, reblog, images. That's, like, totally awesome for teenage girls showing off their prom dresses but also a pretty huge boon for scientists studying what makes images shareable. And it could be something as simple as color. » 2/25/15 9:20am 2/25/15 9:20am

The Secret To Overcoming Procrastination: It's Not About Willpower

Procrastination is a universal problem. Even the most irritatingly well-organized people know the agony of putting something off until the last ... possible ... minute. Why do we put ourselves through this misery, knowing the consequences? And how can we overcome the urge? » 2/11/15 11:00am 2/11/15 11:00am

The Best Way To Recover From A Break-Up — According To Science

A break-up can feel like the end of the world. And almost everybody goes through these jarring transitions at some point in their romantic lives, experiencing unbearable loss, confusion and despair. Luckily, a growing number of evidence-based strategies can help you cope. We talked to the experts to find out more. » 2/10/15 10:07am 2/10/15 10:07am

Your Computer Understands Your Personality Better Than Your Friends Do

Whenever you use a computer, you leave behind a rich seam of personal information—and computers can use that to understand your personality far better than your family or friends. » 1/13/15 7:15am 1/13/15 7:15am

Why You're Morbidly Curious

Like it or not, most of us are weirdly drawn to things like car crashes, fights and natural disasters; they're awful, upsetting, harrowing and yet, somehow, strangely compelling. Why is that? » 10/08/14 7:45am 10/08/14 7:45am

Facebook Is Changing the Way It Governs Its Social Experiments

Remember how the whole Internet was outraged over Facebook's social experiments earlier this year? Well, now the social network has announced that it's changing the way its experiments will be run in the future. » 10/03/14 6:00am 10/03/14 6:00am

Facebook Says Whoops, Updates Rules for News Feed Manipulation (Updated)

A few months ago, the world found out that Facebook made its users into test subjects, showing some folks artificially happy (or artificially sad) News Feeds to see if it affected the emotions in the user's own posts. The internet was not happy about that. Now, Facebook says it's updated its research guidelines in… » 10/02/14 2:06pm 10/02/14 2:06pm

Why Songs Get Stuck in Your Head (and How to Stop It)

Whether yours is "Call Me Maybe," "Who Let the Dogs Out," "Mickey," or something equally infectious, at one time or another, you've probably had a fragment from a catchy (or obnoxious) tune stuck in your head. » 7/30/14 7:17am 7/30/14 7:17am

Researcher: Facebook Psychology Study Breached Ethical Guidelines

Over the weekend, the internet exploded over the fact that Facebook had conducted psychological experiments on user news feeds. While Zuckerberg's team doesn't see a problem with that it did, academic researchers seem think it breached ethical research guidelines. » 6/30/14 5:56am 6/30/14 5:56am

Facebook Experimented on Random Users to Study Newsfeed Emotions

Spend time with a Debbie Downer, and you'll likely end up feeling blue. Turns out, the same is true digitally: Facebook's new study says this "emotional contagion" works just as strongly through your News Feed—which they discovered after tinkering with the emotional content of nearly 700,000 random users' feeds. » 6/28/14 10:00am 6/28/14 10:00am

No Extroverts on Mars, Please

A NASA-funded study has found that there might be serious drawbacks to having a bunch of extroverts on a long space missions. Finally, a win for the introverts. » 6/13/14 11:00pm 6/13/14 11:00pm

Reddit Study Reveals How to Ask For Favors Online — and Get Them

If you manage to look beyond irate commenters and festering trolls, the internet can be a friendly place full of people keen to help a brother out. Now, a study of Reddit reveals how people ask for favors online—and the best way to make them succesful, too. » 5/27/14 7:10am 5/27/14 7:10am

How to Mold a Brain

Our brains are inherently plastic, and can be easily shaped to change our behavior. In this video Crash Course looks at the history of psychology to explain how possible to mold our grey matter » 4/22/14 6:07am 4/22/14 6:07am

10 Reasons an Artificial Intelligence Wouldn't Turn Evil

We all know the story. The moment that computers with their lightning-quick processing power and interlinked systems gain sentience - it's judgment day. But would that really happen? Here are some psychological reasons why digital super-intelligence isn't going to be evil intelligence. » 4/18/14 10:12am 4/18/14 10:12am

Hearing Trick Convinces People Their Arms Are Made of Stone

If your arm falls asleep for a while, it can sort of feel like it's made of rubber. But how do you make your arm feel like it's made of marble? According to Italian researchers, all you need is the sound of a hammer tapping stone. And some psychological trickery. » 3/29/14 7:00pm 3/29/14 7:00pm