Despite its unpleasantness, pain may actually have positive social consequences, acting as a sort of “social glue” that fosters cohesion and solidarity within groups.
Consuming an alcoholic beverage may make men more responsive to the smiles of others in their social group, indicating that alcohol increases their sensitivity to rewarding social behaviors.
People tend to perceive their dominant hand as staying relatively the same size even under magnification, suggesting that the hand serves as a perceptual “ruler” that measures the surrounding world.
A sample of new research exploring white matter structure and reading acquisition, attention to reward in adolescence, and cortisol and loss aversion in young men.
Brain activity can be used to tell whether someone recognizes details they encountered in daily life, which may have implications for criminal investigations and use in courtrooms.
A low-cost, one-time intervention that educates teens about the changeable nature of personality traits may prevent an increase in depressive symptoms often seen during the transition to high school.
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Wray Herbert has been writing about psychology and behavioral science for many years. He has been a staff writer and editor for Science News, Psychology Today, US News & World Report, and Newsweek. He is currently a contributor to Huffington Post and Scientific American Mind. His work has also appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Washington Post, and many other national publications.
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