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Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Be Used to Help At-Risk Boys?

If existing behavioral programs aren’t working, can therapeutic sessions with a dog help kids who have problems at school?

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Playing Make-Believe While Black

Are preschool teachers influenced in their evaluations of young children by race?

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Electric Schlock: Did Stanley Milgram’s Famous Obedience Experiments Prove Anything?

Stanley Milgram’s test subjects were not the only ones misled by his famous experiments on obedience.

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What Are the Teens Up to Nowadays?

Do you have a “teen” study? It’s probably stupid.

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Your Child’s Brain on Math

Why do some children benefit more from tutoring than others? And does one small education study have the ability to drastically change our behavior as parents?

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We Aren’t the World

Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.

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Numerology Doesn’t Know the Score

Various ways of assigning numbers to events, people, and actions is an ancient parlor game, but let’s not take it beyond that.

Women Eye Dance Moves to Find Thrill Seekers

How to spot thrill-seeking men on the dance floor, “sweet” personalities in public, and bidding fever on eBay.

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Full Moon Myths Leave Skeptics Howling

Full moons appeal to our imaginations and contribute to our mythologies, but ascribing too much power to them appears to be a continuing form of lunacy.

How to Keep the Devil From Getting More Than His Due

Historians discover that the devil in the ancient texts is not nearly as frightening as the one who gives us the shakes in movies.

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Quick Studies

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014