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Buy? Sell? Let Me Check With My Financial Advisor: Facebook

New research finds a link between the emotions expressed in Facebook status updates and next-day stock market activity.

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Facebook Has Always Manipulated Your Emotions

And positive psychologists would say that this is a good thing.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30


The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Crafty Artist Who Wants to Understand Human Vulnerability

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

Quick Studies

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Computers See Human Pain Better Than You

A new study reveals that expression recognition software performs way better than humans at discriminating between real and fake emotion.

This Is Your Brain


A History of Humans Loving Inanimate Objects

While the idea of a person falling in love with the Eiffel Tower might seem like a relatively new one, it’s a kind of affection that’s been around forever.



For Some, Sad Music Can Bring Happiness

New research suggests that music can lift you out of a funk—if you can truly immerse yourself in its beauty.



Dim the Lights, Dampen Your Emotions

New research suggests bright lighting intensifies both positive and negative feelings.



The Emotional Outsourcing of the Greeting Card

Is it a kind of cheating to give someone a pre-made greeting card?



Literary Fiction Helps Us Read People

New research suggests reading literature increases our ability to pick up on the subjective states of others.



The Heightened Sensitivity of Romance Readers

New research finds people who read romantic fiction are good at picking up subtle facial clues revealing a person’s emotional state.



Brain Activity Provides Window to the Emotions

Carnegie Mellon researchers have identified distinct patterns of brain activity linked to specific emotions.



What’s That Thing Where You Feel That Thing and It Makes That Other Thing Happen?

The Emotionary is trying to answer that question.


How Positive Emotions Lead to Better Health

New research suggests that meditation or any other mood-enhancing activity can serve as a nutrient for the human body.



Why Is He Oblivious to Her Emotions?

New research suggests males can read the faces of men much better than those of women.


American lit in the 20th century wasn't exactly known for its cheer.

Overwritten, Maybe, But Less Overwrought

Researchers mining a Google books database report a decline in mood-related words in English-language books over the past 100 years.



Music of Vivaldi Boosts Mental Vitality

Have a challenging mental task ahead of you? Try using Spring from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as background music.



Struggling to Reconcile Conflicting Beliefs? Listen to Some Mozart

Why is music such a constant in human history? Perhaps because it helps us build the emotional maturity we need to advance intellectually.


That’s Disgusting: Researcher Studies Gag Reflex

In a revolting development, research psychologist Rachel Herz has cornered the market on discussing what disgusts us.


Negativity and the Niqab

New research finds we tend to perceive negative emotions in the partially covered face of a veiled woman.


Different Cultures, Different Robots

Industry might seem like a universal language, but how different cultures are husbanding their robots shows there are several dialects.


An Emotional Timeline of Sept. 11, 2001

German researchers, analyzing the content of text messages sent on 9/11/01, report that while sadness and anxiety levels remained stable through the day, anger steadily increased.


Arts Education Promotes Emotional Intelligence

As arts education is pushed further to the margins by the current emphasis on standardized testing, a tool for nurturing children’s social and emotional development is being lost.


Emotional Vérité: If You Can See It You Can Feel It

In a sequel to an experiment from the days of silent film, a multinational team of psychology researchers has shown that we perceive emotions based on what we bring to the table.


Brain’s Indiana Joneses Search for Empathy

Empathy is more than an item on a prospective Supreme Court nominee’s résumé; it’s a core human trait. But where inside the brain might it arise?

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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