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The Secret of Comedy Really Is Timing

New research suggests we do find humor in tragedy, but only during a specific, limited window of time.



The Migraines and the Music: Was Wagner Inspired by Headache Pain?

Three German researchers present evidence that Wagner interwove his headache pain into his operas.



Long-Distance Relationships Really Can Work

While there are certain tradeoffs, researchers report long-distance romantic relationships can be highly satisfying.



The Biggest Losers Aren’t Necessarily More Healthy

An analysis of 21 diets finds scant evidence that losing weight promotes better health.



Irony in Our Diets: Stigmatizing Obesity Increases Overeating

New research suggests anti-obesity campaigns that stigmatize heaviness may be counterproductive.



Music Lessons Boost Emotional, Intellectual Development

German researchers report learning to play a musical instrument is associated with higher grades and superior cognitive skills.



Women Are OK With Sex in Ads—If the Product Is Valuable

New research suggests women aren’t automatically opposed to sexual imagery in advertisements, but they do object when it is used to sell cheap products.



Is the Great Recession Creating a Generation of Democrats?

Research suggests it’s entirely possible.



Replenishing Self-Control Through Prayer

German researchers report a few minutes of communion with a higher power can boost self-control.



When Do Great Artists Hit Peak Creativity?

New research suggests it occurs just a bit before they hit the two-thirds mark of their lives.



Even Playing TV in the Background May Impede Kids’ Development

New research finds children have trouble learning some basic intellectual and emotional skills if the television is routinely kept on in the background.



Why You Spend More Money on Warm Days

Israeli researchers report people tend to value products more highly when the temperature is high.



Genetic Evidence Suggests Chronic Unemployment Shortens Lives

A new study finds Finnish men who suffered long periods of unemployment were more likely to possess a genetic marker indicating premature aging.



Bored by Botticelli? Hook Up the Electrodes

New research finds stimulating a specific part of the brain can increase appreciation of certain types of art.



That Big Mac Comes With a Side of Impatience

Researchers report exposure to fast-food logos lessens our ability to slow down and savor life’s pleasures.



Bonding With Brinkley: How Viewers Reacted to JFK Assassination Coverage

A look at letters sent to NBC news anchors suggests viewers felt a strong emotional connection with the reporters bringing them the tragic news.



Grandma, What a Long History You Have!

Mathematical modeling suggests that the tale of Little Red Riding Hood has its origins far back in history.



Yes, You Can Be Fit and Fat

A new meta-study finds higher mortality rates among people who are not physically fit—no matter their weight.



There’s No Place Like My Ideologically Homogeneous Home

Driven by a deep-seated need to belong, Americans are increasingly segregating themselves into ideological enclaves. You’re from Liberalville, I’m from Conservative Corners.



Inside the Head of a Headbanger

New research suggests that, for some fans, heavy metal music fills deep-seated psychological needs.



More Evidence Bilingualism Delays Onset of Dementia

Research from India shows the buffering effect of bilingualism even extends to the illiterate.



No Need to Speak Slowly: I Took Music Lessons as a Kid

New research suggests music training as a youngster can lead to faster processing of sounds in senior citizens.



Study Links White Racism With Opposition to Gun Control

Researchers report white Americans who hold implicitly anti-black attitudes are more likely to have a gun in the house, and to oppose gun-control measures.



Low Glucose Liberals

New research confirms that hungry people are more supportive of social welfare programs. But that doesn’t mean they’re actually more likely to share.



The Feet Are Not an Erogenous Zone

Cross-cultural research suggests that, when it comes to erotic stimulation, men and women are more alike than many realized.

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We’re Not So Great at Rejecting Each Other

And it's probably something we should work on.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

Neuroscientists find less—but potentially stronger—white matter in the brains of patients with CFS.

Incumbents, Pray for Rain

Come next Tuesday, rain could push voters toward safer, more predictable candidates.

Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

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.

The Big One

One town, Champlain, New York, was the source of nearly half the scams targeting small businesses in the United States last year. November/December 2014

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