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Why We Gossip: It’s Really All About Ourselves

New research from the Netherlands finds stories we hear about others help us determine how we’re doing.

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Musicians Are Better Multitaskers

New research from Canada finds trained musicians more efficiently switch from one mental task to another.

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For Preschoolers, Spite and Smarts Go Together

New research from Germany finds greater cognitive skills are associated with more spiteful behavior in children.

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She’s Cheating on Him, You Can Tell Just by Watching Them

New research suggests telltale signs of infidelity emerge even in a three- to five-minute video.

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That Arts Degree Is Paying Off

A survey of people who have earned degrees in the arts find they are doing relatively well, although their education didn’t provide much guidance on managing a career.

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Personality Traits Linked to Specific Diseases

New research finds neurotic people are more likely to suffer a serious health problem.

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Green Surroundings Linked to Higher Student Test Scores

New research on Massachusetts schoolchildren finds a tangible benefit to regular exposure to nature.

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Better Team Chemistry Through Sexual Assault?

Research sheds light on the origins of hazing and suggests it may be losing its effectiveness as homophobia declines.

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Planning to Do Good Tomorrow Gives Us Permission to Be Bad Today

The mere thought of doing a socially responsible deed at a later date can give people license to bring out their inner bigots.

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Our Problematic Belief in the Magical, Mystical Negro

New research finds white Americans are more likely to attribute superhuman attributes to blacks than to their fellow whites.

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The ‘Unseen Wounds’ of Child Emotional Abuse

New research suggests it is just as toxic as sexual abuse.

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The Personality of a Poker Player

Emotional stability is a key to long-term success at the game.

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A Blood Clot in the Brain, and an Artist Is Born

The strange case of an accountant who began to furiously paint after a suffering a brain hemorrhage supports a two-step theory of creativity.

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To Intensify an Experience, Bring a Friend

New research finds shared experiences are heightened, even when the people involved aren’t communicating with one another.

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Savor Extraordinary Experiences, Feel Worse Afterward

Harvard researchers find painful feelings of social exclusion are the unexpected price one pays for having amazing adventures.

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Brands

Researchers find identifying with brand-name products reduces religiosity.

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Midlife Neuroticism Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease in Old Age

New research from Sweden suggests that the personality dimension is connected to who ultimately suffers from late-in-life dementia.

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The Link Between Depression and Terrorism

A new study from the United Kingdom finds a connection between depression and radicalization.

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The Dark Side of Empathy

New research finds the much-lauded feeling of identification with another person’s emotions can lead to unwarranted aggressive behavior.

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A Sense of Purpose Increases Comfort With Ethnic Diversity

White Americans who feel a sense of purpose in their lives are better able to accept coming demographic changes.

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Let’s Watch the Video—and Confirm Our Prejudices

New research finds viewing a video of an ambiguous incident does not necessarily lead to more objective assessments of guilt and innocence.

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Fifty Shades of Meh

New research refutes the notion that reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy strongly impacts women’s sexual behavior.

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You’re Going to Die! So Buy Now!

New research finds inserting reminders of our mortality into advertisements is a surprisingly effective strategy to sell products.

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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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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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