Psychology

  1. webcam shot of an osprey nest
    Science & Society

    Empathy for animals is all about us

    We extend our feelings to what we think animals are feeling. Often, we’re wrong. But anthropomorphizing isn’t about them. It’s about us.

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  2. driverless cars
    Psychology

    Moral dilemma could put brakes on driverless cars

    Driverless cars race into a moral conflict over saving passengers or pedestrians.

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  3. group of ISIS members
    Psychology

    New studies explore why ordinary people turn terrorist

    New studies are examining the "will to fight" in ISIS soldiers and their opponents.

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  4. cocaine
    Neuroscience

    Cocaine addicts can’t kick other habits either

    Habitual users tend to get stuck in nondrug-related habits more easily, too, pointing to a potential strategy for treatment

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  5. childhood anxiety
    Psychology

    Kids’ anxieties, depression need attention

    Psychological troubles in childhood are no longer considered a part of normal development.

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  6. Britney Spears
    Psychology

    ‘Vocal fry’ makes female singers seem expressive

    Female singers who use vocal fry, the deep, creaky vocal effect made famous by pop stars like Britney Spears, may sound more expressive to listeners.

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  7. marijuana
    Psychology

    Marijuana use starting in youth implicated in financial woes

    Long-term, heavy pot smoking linked to financial troubles by age 38.

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  8. picture of the outside of the Tribeca Film Festival
    Science & Society

    Pulling ‘Vaxxed’ still doesn’t retract vaccine misconceptions

    The Tribeca Film Festival’s decision to cancel its screening of an antivaccination film has been lauded as a win for science, but irrationality already won.

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  9. psychologists conducting a study
    Psychology

    Psychology’s replication crisis sparks new debate

    Controversy flares again about whether psychology studies survive further scrutiny.

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  10. Mozart
    Psychology

    Psychologist probes possible link between prodigy, autism

    The Prodigy’s Cousin explores the baffling world of child prodigies and people with autism.

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  11. Egyptian Book of the Dead
    Anthropology

    Rise of human civilization tied to belief in punitive gods

    Beliefs in all-knowing, punitive deities may have fueled the growth of human civilizations.

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  12. depression
    Psychology

    Don’t blame winter for that bleak mood

    Contrary to popular opinion, depression doesn’t spike in winter, survey finds.

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