How a belief in “pure evil” shapes people’s thinking
The light you're exposed to at light from gadgets may influence mood, and the light's color could be a determining factor. Allie Wilkinson reports.
A study of so-called cyberchondriacs finds that those who are uncomfortable with uncertainty only feel worse the more they search online for health symptoms. Christie Nicholson reports
Highly automated systems for buying and selling promise big returns for the fastest traders, but such systems cannot always be controlled
Viewers of TV ads for medications interpret the listing of negative side effects as a sign of trustworthiness of the advertiser. Erika Beras reports.
A robot’s appearance should depend on the work it does but never fall into the “uncanny valley” and come across as creepy
How weird beliefs can land you in jail
Ultrahigh-security systems similar to that in the movie Escape Plan are already keeping convicts behind bars
Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity...
Why some memories disappear, some remain, and others blend with fiction
Company cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell tells us to get ready to take our fondness for smartphones, tablets and other devices to the next level
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With the right lesson plan, teachers can turn struggling students into budding mathematicians. The secret is carefully guiding their adventure in numbers
Looking at photos of food can lead us to become bored with other similar foods. Christie Nicholson reports
A citizen science project that lets you guess people's ages--without fear of offending them!
Pain is an emotion
The types of books we read may affect how we relate to others
Psychologists find that distrust of authority and low agreeableness are among factors underlying the willingness to believe
A new study finds a possible brain signature of consciousness in infants as young as five months
Exposure to a fearful memory while in deep sleep may help reduce the fear. Christie Nicholson reports