Yes, Oxytocin Makes You More Trusting and Generous. So Does Booze.

“The Moral Molecule.” “The Cuddle Hormone.” If you’ve been paying attention the past few years, you’ve heard about many of the near-magical effects of the hormone oxytocin on the brain. It makes people more altruistic. It reduces anxiety and increases trust. But it’s not the only chemical that affects the brain that… » 5/21/15 12:03am 5/21/15 12:03am

The Best Way To Recover From A Break-Up — According To Science

A break-up can feel like the end of the world. And almost everybody goes through these jarring transitions at some point in their romantic lives, experiencing unbearable loss, confusion and despair. Luckily, a growing number of evidence-based strategies can help you cope. We talked to the experts to find out more. » 2/10/15 10:07am 2/10/15 10:07am

Nope. Oxytocin isn't going to become the "trust me" drug.

Oxytocin is often referred to as the "trust hormone," a claim that was reinforced by a 2005 study in which participants became more trusting after it was administered via a nasal spray. Trouble is, few studies have been able to reproduce this result, prompting at least one neuroscientist to suggest it's high-time we… » 12/18/13 8:40am 12/18/13 8:40am

Research Suggests That Left-Pawed Dogs Are Just Slightly Evil

You probably already assumed that left-pawed dogs — and yes, some dogs do have forepaw and even hindquarter preferences — are ever so slightly evil, but now there’s a scientific study in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior to confirm your suspicions that left-pawed dogs are scheming to bark at you and make you seem… » 6/02/13 2:32pm 6/02/13 2:32pm

Migaloo, perhaps the world's only white humpback whale, has been…

Everyone, say hello to Migaloo. That's what people call the white humpback whale pictured up top. When he was first spotted back in 1991, Migaloo (which is Aboriginal for "white fella") was the first all-white humpback researchers had ever seen. (And according to his website, he remains the only documented white… » 9/28/12 6:40am 9/28/12 6:40am

Humans are a lot less violent than we think

While everyone's always waxing like Lord Tennyson about nature being "red in tooth and claw," neuroscience and psychology are quietly telling us that we may be innately nicer than we think. Sure, we're not cuddly little bunny rabbits, but many lines of evidence over the past few decades have pointed toward some… » 3/12/12 2:11pm 3/12/12 2:11pm