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

What impact do disorders like Asperger syndrome have on a budding…

Navigating the uncertain terrain of the dating world can be tough for just about anyone, but it is often especially challenging for people with autism spectrum disorders, who typically suffer from impaired social skills that can make establishing strong interpersonal connections difficult. » 12/27/11 1:39pm 12/27/11 1:39pm

Is your immune system controlling how you feel about this person?

Were you recently sick? If so, newly published research says you're more likely to be repelled by "disfigured" faces like the one up top. The findings provide the very first evidence of how a biological immune response can actually give rise to a psychological immune reaction — and this backs up recent research that… » 9/12/11 8:30am 9/12/11 8:30am

Your dinnerware may be sabotaging your diet

Most people make upwards of 250 food-related decisions a day. Sound high? That's because researchers believe the majority of these decisions are made unconsciously, and that many of our eating habits are actually driven by subtle environmental cues. How we manipulate these cues can have a huge impact on our eating… » 8/31/11 11:38am 8/31/11 11:38am

Why you shouldn't challenge a breast-feeding mom to play Call of Duty

When you happen upon a couple of bear cubs in the woods, what's the first thing that should come to mind? If you answered "I wanna squeeze 'em," you're wrong. It should be "where's the mom?" And with good reason. Numerous non-human mammals are known to exhibit heightened levels of aggression in defense of their young. » 8/30/11 5:20pm 8/30/11 5:20pm