Recent highlights from APS journals articles on correcting false beliefs, reproducibility, risk perception, and more.
A Good Life is Painful
Can we live a good life without suffering? Notice that I used the word “good” and not “happy.” It doesn’t make any sense to ask whether we can suffer and be happy at the same
The Pandemic Is Still Making Us Feel Terrible
“How we feelin’ out there tonight?” Bo Burnham asks an imaginary audience during his comedy special Inside, which he self-filmed from a single room over the course of a year. “Heh, haha, yeahhhhh,” he says to
What Becoming a Parent Really Does to Your Happiness
Few choices are more important than whether to have children, and psychologists and other social scientists have worked to figure out what having kids means for happiness. Some of the most prominent scholars in the
Will Thanksgiving’s Pandemic-Era Gratitude Last?
Joni Mitchell has written a lot of great lyrics, but one line seems especially apt this Thanksgiving. In “Big Yellow Taxi,” the singer/songwriter’s jaunty 1970 tune about loss – of trees, of healthy food, of a love
What Happens in the Brain When We Grieve
When we lose someone or something we love, it can feel like we’ve lost a part of ourselves. And for good reason—our brains are learning how to live in the world without someone we care