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The Danger of Dining With an Overweight Companion

There’s a good chance you’ll eat more unhealthy food.

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Why Original Artworks Move Us More Than Reproductions

Researchers present evidence that hand-created artworks convey an almost magical sense of the artist’s essence.

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The Strong Symbolic Power of Emptying Pockets

Researchers find the symbolic act of emptying a receptacle can impact our behavior, and not for the better.

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The Scent of a Conservative

We are attracted to the body odor of others with similar political beliefs, according to new research.

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Atheists Seen as a Threat to Moral Values

New research attempts to pinpoint why non-believers are widely disliked and distrusted.

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Comfort Food Is a Myth

New research finds that, contrary to our beliefs, such foods don’t have any special ability to improve our moods.

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Yes, I’m a Good Person. But Did You Hear About Her?

A new study tracks how people experience moral issues in everyday life.

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The Motivating Power of Women Senators

New research finds female voters get more informed and engaged in politics if they’re represented by a woman in the U.S. Senate.

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The Bonding Power of Shared Suffering

Australian researchers find sharing painful experiences creates feelings of solidarity.

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Tax Subsidies Can Improve Health

New research finds a clear link between better health and tax subsidies for charitable giving.

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Put Down That Artificially Sweetened Soda

New psychological research provides clues as to why consuming such drinks can actually lead to weight gain.

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Black Restaurant Servers Get Smaller Tips

New research suggests implicit racism influences how much we choose to tip our waiter or waitress.

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Music Lessons Enhance Brain Function in Disadvantaged Kids

Children from poor neighborhoods in Los Angeles who took regular music lessons for two years were able to distinguish similar speech sounds faster than their peers.

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Television and Overeating: What We Watch Matters

New research finds fast-moving programming leads to mindless overeating.

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Forgive Your Philandering Partner—and Pay the Price

New research finds people who forgive an unfaithful romantic partner are considered weaker and less competent than those who ended the relationship.

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Linguistic Analysis Reveals Research Fraud

An examination of papers by the discredited Diederik Stapel finds linguistic differences between his legitimate and fraudulent studies.

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Marching in Sync May Increase Aggression

Another danger of militarizing the police: Marching in lock step doesn’t just intimidate opponents. It impacts the mindset of the marchers.

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Of Course I Behaved Like a Jerk, I Was Just Watching ‘Jersey Shore’

Researchers find watching certain types of reality TV can make viewers more aggressive.

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The Positive Effects of Sports-Themed Video Games

New research finds sports-themed video games actually encourage some kids to get onto the field.

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Mister Rogers’ Heart-Healthy Neighborhood

Researchers find living in a friendly, cohesive neighborhood lowers seniors’ chances of having a heart attack.

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Poached Partners Make Unreliable Mates

New research finds relationships that begin when one person coaxes another to leave his or her partner aren’t very stable or satisfactory.

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Broccoli Eaters Get More Out of Life

New research finds a link between eating fruits and vegetables and experiencing a greater sense of meaning.

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The Painful Paradox of Coercive Sexuality

A new study of sexually active British teens reveals disturbing narratives about anal sex.

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Bouncing to the Beatles Breeds Benevolent Babies

Canadian researchers find synchronized movement to music can inspire altruism in 14-month-old infants.

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The Persuasive Power of the Sugar Cube Pyramid

New research finds a simple visual aid depicting the amount of sugar in a soft drink can prompt people to make smarter beverage choices.

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For Charitable Products, Sex Doesn’t Sell

Sexy women may turn heads, but for pro-social and charitable products, they won't change minds.

Carbon Taxes Really Do Work

A new study shows that taxing carbon dioxide emissions could actually work to reduce greenhouse gases without any negative effects on employment and revenues.

Savor Good Times, Get Through the Bad Ones—With Categories

Ticking off a category of things to do can feel like progress or a fun time coming to an end.

How to Build a Better Election

Elimination-style voting is harder to fiddle with than majority rule.

Do Conspiracy Theorists Feed on Unsuspecting Internet Trolls?

Not literally, but debunkers and satirists do fuel conspiracy theorists' appetites.

The Big One

One in three drivers in Brooklyn's Park Slope—at certain times of day—is just looking for parking. The same goes for drivers in Manhattan's SoHo. September/October 2014 new-big-one-3

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