Do You Suffer From 'Exploding Head Syndrome'? You're Not Alone.

New findings indicate nearly one in five college-age students has been startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn't actually exist. Known as "exploding head syndrome," the psychological condition appears to be more common and disruptive than previously thought. » 3/30/15 1:20pm Today 1:20pm

What Would Being In A Bunker For 15 Years Really Do To Your Head?

So a woman emerges from a bunker after 15 years. She's cheerful and ready to embrace life. It's the premise of the recent Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but what is the reality? What do years of isolation and confinement actually do to a person's brain? » 3/30/15 11:20am Today 11:20am

This Video Clears Up 10 Popular Misconceptions About Psychology

The world of psychology can be pretty extensive, and because of that, a lot of things can be unclear. This video will help clear your mind of all the myths and old wives' tales. » 3/20/15 4:00pm 3/20/15 4:00pm

What Disabled People Can Teach Us About Sex – And Why We Should Listen

The sexuality of disabled people has long been suppressed and exploited. But in recent years, people with physical and cognitive impairments have been pushing back, fighting for sexual citizenship, and upending standard notions of gender, pleasure, and sexuality. » 3/17/15 9:00am 3/17/15 9:00am

Farmed Salmon Is Dyed From Gray To Pink So Consumers Won't Freak Out 

Wild salmon are pink (or pinkish-orange, depending on geography) for the same reason flamingos are pink: their diets, which are heavy in krill and shrimp. But farm-raised salmon are fed a diet that renders them gray... or it would, if they weren't carefully "pigmented" to transform into more appetizing hues. » 3/16/15 10:40am 3/16/15 10:40am

Was "The Chocolate Cream Poisoner" Really Insane?

Christiana Edmunds was arrested for murder in 1871, after poisoning boxes of chocolate creams in stores. People are still arguing about whether or not she was insane — and what insanity actually means. » 3/12/15 4:40pm 3/12/15 4:40pm

This Video Will Save You From Wasting So Much Time Arguing Online

If you're familiar with the original definition of "meme," you know that ideas can spread and mutate. But what makes memes spread faster? Anger. Here's a video that explores how "angry thought germs" can spread, and reinforce opposing viewpoints. » 3/10/15 11:44am 3/10/15 11:44am

Excessive Parental Praise Could Be Turning Our Kids Into Narcissists

A longstanding theory in psychoanalytic theory contends that cold and unloving parents contribute to the rise of narcissistic tendencies in their children. A new study is now throwing this idea on its head by suggesting too much praise is the problem. » 3/10/15 9:20am 3/10/15 9:20am

Not Taking A Lunch Break Is Psychologically Bad For You. Here's Why.

If you're not taking a lunch break, your creativity is probably suffering. This might seem obvious, but now there's research to back it up. And it doesn't even matter what you eat, or if you eat at all; what's important is that you physically step away from your workspace to recharge. » 3/05/15 11:20am 3/05/15 11:20am

You Can Play This Music For Your Cat (And Your Cat May Actually Like It)

Cats seem pretty apathetic about a lot of things. You might think music is one of them. But according to a new study, it's not that cats don't care about music – it's that they don't care about YOUR music. So what kind of music do cats appreciate? We're so glad you asked. » 3/04/15 3:40pm 3/04/15 3:40pm

Humans Unconsciously Sniff Their Hands After Handshaking

Unlike dogs and other animals, humans — for the most part — don't sniff each other. Well, at least that's what we thought. A rather unsettling new study from the Weizmann Institute shows that practically all of us sniff our hands after handshaking — a possible sign of social chemosignaling behavior. » 3/03/15 2:40pm 3/03/15 2:40pm

Teach Kids About Anger Control With a Thermometer

Younger kids don't always have the vocabulary to express their feelings. That's why a temper-tantrum is the preferred communication of upset children. Using a thermometer might provide them an alternative. » 3/01/15 12:00pm 3/01/15 12:00pm

Friendship Is More Powerful Than We Ever Imagined

Friendship is powerful — everything from pop culture tells us so. But how powerful is it? Turns out that friendship has all sorts of properties, that include making you healthier, increasing your self-awareness and helping you accomplish way more. Here are all the ways science proves that friendship really is magic. » 2/27/15 11:14am 2/27/15 11:14am

How do you forgive a monster? A must-read for true crime enthusiasts is this in-depth profile of Kerry Rawson, who's spent the past 10 years dealing with the psychological effects of finding out that her dad, Dennis Rader, was the notorious BTK serial killer. » 2/26/15 6:00pm 2/26/15 6:00pm

These Statements Are Both True, But One Is Easier To Believe

Presented with these two semantically identical statements, people will believe the top one more than the bottom one. Why is this? And what does it tell us about John Keats' famous dictum about beauty and truth? » 2/24/15 11:17am 2/24/15 11:17am

How Mice Turned Their Private Paradise Into A Terrifying Dystopia

In 1972, animal behaviorist John Calhoun built a mouse paradise with beautiful buildings and limitless food. He introduced eight mice to the population. Two years later, the mice had created their own apocalypse. Here's why. » 2/24/15 7:30am 2/24/15 7:30am

The Psychology Behind Anti-Vaccination

Hank Green takes a different tack in confronting and understanding the anti-vaccination movement in a recent episode of SciShow, in which he explores a handful of the many, many cognitive biases and logical fallacies to which anti-vaxxers (and the rest of us) are so readily susceptible. » 2/23/15 3:20pm 2/23/15 3:20pm

This Rat Experiment Will Haunt You, But Not For The Reason You Think

This experiment, done on lab rats, isn't terribly cruel. It will still probably keep you up at night when you're thinking about hiring an exterminator. » 2/23/15 8:40am 2/23/15 8:40am

Want To Understand How Facial Recognition Works? You'll Need A Greeble

Facial recognition is an important and interesting subject. It's also a difficult subject to study. To help break down how facial recognition works, you need a greeble. Or better yet, you need whole families of greebles. » 2/20/15 2:30pm 2/20/15 2:30pm