How to Trick Your Friends Into Thinking You Gave Them a Sweet Gift

‘Tis better to give than to receive, but ‘tis best by far to give something that will make you look good in the eyes of the recipient — especially if you can save money in the bargain. Here’s one psychological finding that will help you choose cheaper gifts people will still appreciate: the less-is-better effect. »11/16/15 3:40pm11/16/15 3:40pm

What This Classic Experiment on Rats Can Teach Us About Eugenics

A 1940s psychologist named Robert Tryon wondered if rats could be bred to complete a maze more competently, and after seven generations of selective breeding he succeeded. That classic experiment is still shaping our thinking about the age-old question of nature versus nurture when it comes to human intelligence and… »11/02/15 5:30pm11/02/15 5:30pm

This Trick Might Make You Slightly Better at Spotting a Lie

When people try to spot a lie, they generally make a judgment on a number of factors, including body language, expression, and word choice. This may be a mistake. People are complicated creatures, and they send mixed messages. Picking just one criterion to indicate truthfulness improves the odds of ferreting out a… »10/30/15 2:25pm10/30/15 2:25pm

How the Peeple App's Psychological Logic Misses The Mark

Several weeks ago, Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough unveiled their plans for a new app called “Peeple,” billed as a “Yelp for People” where users would be able to conveniently rate every person they’ve ever met as if they were trendy restaurants or hair salons. They think this will help spread “good feeling.”… »10/16/15 10:00am10/16/15 10:00am

No, Taking Your Coffee Black Does Not Mean You’re More Likely to be a Psychopath

Is that friend who always very politely turns down your offers for cream or sugar very possibly hiding a dark secret, as haters around the internet have been insisting recently? No, probably not—but here’s why some people are saying taking your coffee black means you’re more likely to be a psychopath. »10/12/15 2:00pm10/12/15 2:00pm