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 12:56pm 2/24/15 12:56pm

How to Talk About Race with Your Kids

It'd be wonderful if you could just say to children, "People might look different and come from different places, but we're all equal and should be treated the same" and leave it at that. But if recent news has taught us anything, it's that reality is not so simple, and we need to face the topics of race and racism… » 1/25/15 2:07pm 1/25/15 2:07pm

How Casinos Use Design Psychology to Get You to Gamble More

Everyone's heard that there are no clocks or windows in casinos so that gamblers won't realize how long they've been losing money. But is this actually design gospel? And does it work? According to research, it turns out that the most successful casino design may not be the dark, maze-like designs we think they are. » 12/05/14 5:20pm 12/05/14 5:20pm

Casino Designers Have a Whole New Theory About How to Manipulate You

Why can't you stop gambling? Many people would say it's because the windowless, maze-like layout of casinos is designed to keep you mesmerized by the games. But scientists argue that the most successful casinos keep you playing with a new set of psychological tricks. » 12/05/14 3:44pm 12/05/14 3:44pm

We've Been Depicting Runners Wrong For Thousands Of Years

Imagine someone running. Now freeze him in place. How is he positioned? Now stand up and reproduce with your body the pose you've pictured in your mind. It doesn't have to be perfect, just capture the essence. Are you doing it? Good. Now where are your arms and legs? Are they where they should be? » 10/11/14 5:10pm 10/11/14 5:10pm

Gambling Hot Streaks Are Actually Real

A fascinating new study on online gambling published in this month's issue of Cognition comes to an unexpected conclusion: winning a bet does, seemingly, make you more likely to win your next one. The researchers looked at 565,915 wagers placed by 776 online gamblers in Europe and the U.S., and found that the gamblers… » 5/16/14 3:16pm 5/16/14 3:16pm

The 10 Most Important Theories About Why We Make War

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War seems to be part of the human condition. We have records of war going back beyond written records, and there is even evidence that some animals like chimps and ants go to war as well. But why do we do it? Here are ten of the most important theories. » 3/24/14 4:18pm 3/24/14 4:18pm

What Colors Are Your ABCs?

The six-year-old had to have brought it up, because I can't imagine how I would have. But the argument flared so fast I don't really remember how it started. A is red, he was saying, and B is blue. » 9/26/13 4:55pm 9/26/13 4:55pm

Why do we have sex at night?

Humans can have sex anytime we damn well please – so why do we mostly do it in the dark? Here's what science has to say about our preference for nighttime hookups. » 6/27/13 3:54pm 6/27/13 3:54pm

Study finds bearded men are more attractive, proves my mom wrong

A newly published study out of the University of New South Wales concludes that men and women perceive men with facial hair to be more attractive and better father-material than clean-shaven ones. WHO'S THE DISAPPOINTMENT NOW, MOTHER? » 5/06/13 4:29pm 5/06/13 4:29pm

Researcher says jocks are victims of stereotyping and discrimination

The stereotype of the virginal nerd has its counterpart in the stereotype of the dumb jock. And one researcher at Michigan State has just published a study showing that college athletes' grades may be suffering because everyone tells them that they're stupid. » 4/22/13 2:22pm 4/22/13 2:22pm

Monday Morning Psychologist, With Dez Bryant And Roy Williams

Actual headline from actual newspaper: "Dez Bryant Refuses To Carry Roy Williams' Shoulder Pads." So while this may not be a big story, the media's damn sure they're going to make it one. So let's analyze! » 7/26/10 11:30am 7/26/10 11:30am