Seth Stephens-Davidowitz spent five years studying Google search data that revealed people's darkest and weirdest thoughts. It actually made him feel better. It also changed what he thought he knew about how the world works. Stephens-Davidowitz offers his humble opinion…
By relying on computer analysis of body camera footage, a new study provides an impartial take on policing during traffic stops as well as an automated method for assessing the behavior of police officers based on the language they use.
By Julia Scott, KQED
Neurobiologist Frances Jensen explores the biochemical imperatives that make teenagers and young adults so emotional and unpredictable, as well as leaving them more vulnerable to addiction and mental disorders.
By Robert Cialdini
Optimal persuasion is achieved through optimal pre-suasion: the practice of arranging for people to agree with a message before they know what’s in it.
By Angus Chen, Scientific American
A new discovery of how LSD changes a protein’s structure may explain why the drug is so powerful, and why its trips are so long and strange.
By Emily Wishingrad
Is social media reporting the future of mental health treatment?…
When behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely was asked to share his experience as a teenage burn victim, he couldn't say no. But he wondered: What could possibly motivate him to revisit the suffering he had endured?…
By Megan Thielking, Leah Samuel, and Karen Weintraub, STAT
Why did Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds die one day apart? Here’s what science can tell us.
By PBS NewsHour
Can aggressive counseling bring someone back from the brink of radicalization? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien explores the psychological basis for why people are drawn to extremist groups and how a bold experiment in criminal justice and clinical psychology taking place…
By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News
A new national campaign rolling out on Wednesday aims to raise awareness of a hidden but devastating complication of aging: loneliness.
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