Psychology

  1. reuben sandwich
    Psychology

    There’s a sour side to serotonin

    Serotonin has a sour side. The chemical messenger helps mice to taste sour, a new study shows.

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  2. child reading
    Psychology

    Kids grasp words as symbols before learning to read

    Preschoolers grasp that written words refer to specific things before they learn to read.

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  3. depressed soldier
    Psychology

    As suicide rates rise, researchers separate thoughts from actions

    Advances in suicide research and treatment may depend on separating thoughts from acts.

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  4. scene from Comic Con
    Science & Society

    How seeing ‘Star Wars’ satisfies your narcissistic tendencies

    Participating in geek culture allows self-identified geeks to satisfy a narcissistic need for expert status, a new study hypothesizes.

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  5. Science & Society

    In science, a lack of replication shouldn’t kill your reputation

    The proof is science is when a study is replicated. When it’s not, do scientists suffer? A new study says researchers may overestimate the negative effects.

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  6. child handing another child a donut
    Psychology

    Culture shapes sense of fairness

    Culture shapes kids’ sense of fairness, especially when they get the short end of the stick.

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  7. cocaine
    Psychology

    Caffeine gives cocaine an addictive boost

    Not only is it popular to “cut” cocaine with caffeine, the combination might be more addictive.

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  8. cheese board
    Psychology

    No, cheese is not just like crack

    Recent news reports claimed that a study shows cheese is addictive. But the facts behind the research show cheese and crack have little in common.

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  9. Dancers performing Swan Lake
    Anthropology

    Synchronized dancing boosts pain tolerance

    Dancing in sync to high energy routines increase pain tolerance and helps people bond as a group, a study suggests.

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  10. students studying around a table
    Psychology

    Views on bias can be biased

    When presented with a study showing bias against women, male scientists are more inclined to nitpick the results. But a little intervention can go a long way toward gender equality in science.

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  11. soft hands
    Psychology

    People find the skin of others’ softer than their own

    Humans perceive other peoples’ skin as softer and smoother than their own because touch is important in social bonding, researchers suggest.

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  12. man behind counter serving coffee
    Science & Society

    Why enforced ‘service with a smile’ should be banned

    If management wants workers to maintain false cheer, those workers should be trained, supported and compensated for the emotional labor, a new review suggests.

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