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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dim the Lights, Dampen Your Emotions

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

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The Emotional Outsourcing of the Greeting Card

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

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Literary Fiction Helps Us Read People

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

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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.

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Brain Activity Provides Window to the Emotions

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

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

The Emotionary is trying to answer that question.

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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

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

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The Big One

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