The Hogwarts Sorting Hat, a core part of the Harry Potter mythos, has become one of Western culture’s best-known psychological tests, bigger than Myers-Briggs or whether you’re a Carrie. It’s inspired real-world personality quizzes at BuzzFeed, Pottermore, the Guardian, and many other sites. Recently TIME Magazine…
So you want to become a particle physicist, but you’re just not sure which area of research is best suited to your temperament. Never fear, special snowflakes! Symmetry magazine now has a fun personality quiz* to help you find out your physics destiny.
Psychologist Peter Jonason of Western Sydney University is running a study examining who fakes orgasms (or other types of sexual pleasure) and why they decide to do it.
Are you a heterosexual woman? University of Liverpool psychologists Minna Lyons and Jessica Green would love you to help them figure out how a woman’s personality affects how she chooses a partner. The anonymous survey takes about 10 to 20 minutes to complete.
A surprising number of relationships are the product of "mate poaching", the ethically dubious practice of stealing someone else's partner. Though common, nearly nothing is known about the quality of the ensuing relationships. New research now suggests they suffer both in the short- and long-term.
Are folks in California actually laid back? Are New Yorkers really rude? Wonder no longer, because now a team of researchers has mapped personality clusters across the US and presented them in this fascinating set of maps.
Do you like to make small talk? Do you prefer one-to-one conversations or group activities? These questions and many others often show up in personality quizzes to reveal how introverted or extroverted you are, but what does that really mean? Here's what science tells us about extroversion and introversion.
There are two hormones, oxytocin and vasopressin, that generally make us more sociable, more caring, and just generally nicer. But now scientists have taken this a step further by finding the specific genetic receptors that make these hormones so effective.
It all sounds a bit insane: people who like sweet foods are someone just generally nicer than people who don't. It sounds like the latest example of dubious evolutionary psychology, but it's actually about how language subtly shapes our behavior.
Personality might seem like it's something you can only have if you've got complex, human-like intelligence, but that isn't necessarily the case. In fact, the brainless sea creature Actinia equina reveal distinct personalities in how they respond to threats.
If The Jetsons' Rosie had the personality of an automotive assembly line robot, she'd have been turned into sprockets long ago. IEEE discusses the latest efforts to endow domestic robots with a bit of attitude.
The idea that language affects the way we look at the world is hardly new. But could your personality actually change depending on which language you're speaking? That's the idea put forward by a new psychological study.