November 26, 2015 Our siblings are with us for longer than anyone else through our lives. Strong sibling relationships can cushion the blows of aging, while conflict cuts to the bone.
Was it good for you? Yes, as long as we're doing it at least once a week.
November 18, 2015 A study of thousands of people, most in committed relationships, finds that having sex about once a week correlates best with happiness and well-being. More didn't turn out to be better.
You'd be looking blue, too, if you realized you'd made big errors in your research.
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November 5, 2015 It's the kind of oops no scientist wants to make. But the researchers who published a paper saying that watching sad movies makes it hard to perceive the color blue now say they erred.
Parents can psych themselves out when it comes to dealing with teenagers.
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November 5, 2015 Parents often feel less equipped to deal with raising teenagers than they did when those kids were tiny, but teens don't behave that much worse than younger children, researchers say.
September 29, 2015 Shankar Vedantam explores "almosts" and "not quites" on this episode of the Hidden Brain podcast, with the help of Monica Wadhwa, Dan Pink and country music singer Kacey Musgraves.
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September 28, 2015 As humans, forgetting isn't merely a bug, it's a design feature. Not every instance of forgetting is good but we should be grateful for some of the forgetting we take for granted, says Tania Lombrozo.
No gambling here: When asked to weigh financial choices, teenagers were more likely to make careful choices than were young adults.
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September 9, 2015 Teenagers aren't always risk-taking gamblers; they put a lot of effort into weighing financial choices, a study finds. Adults are more apt to adopt rules and quickly make choices that are good enough.
To reduce public tics, children can try therapy at home.
July 22, 2015 Psychologists are working on an online training program that draws on principles of in-person behavioral therapy to help patients with Tourette syndrome manage their tics.
July 17, 2015 How much can someone's face affect the sentence he receives in court? A lot, according to a study that asked people to rate the trustworthiness of convicted murderers based on their mugshots.
July 16, 2015 How we view winning and losing may help shape whether we play sports as adults, some psychologists say. In NPR's recent poll, 56 percent of adults who play sports say winning is important to them.
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Ten-year-old Jake Herrera and his Los Angeles team run around the diamond as a warmup for baseball practice.
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July 1, 2015 In NPR's most recent poll, a majority of American adults say they played sports in their youth. Many say they encourage their kids to play, too, and see health benefits as well as lifelong lessons.
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By age 3, kids already have a burgeoning sense of empathy, ownership and justice.
June 24, 2015 Children as young as 3 years old will step in to right the wrong if they see someone being mistreated, a study finds. But they aren't as keen as 5-year-olds to dole out punishment.
Joy (left, voiced by Amy Poehler) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) catch a ride on the Train of Thought in Pixar's Inside Out. The movie opens in theaters nationwide June 19.
June 13, 2015 Pixar's animated fantasy takes viewers inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley. Psychologists say the film offers an accurate picture of how emotions and memories help make us who we are.
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Matthew Dellavedova (right) of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals last month.
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June 7, 2015 The NBA Finals spotlight is about to shine on an unlikely starting player. The undrafted 24-year-old went to a small liberal arts college where, his adviser says, he was the academic "real deal."
June 5, 2015 People who feel powerful are quicker to change jobs or point out inequity directed at them than are people with less power, a study finds. This may help explain how hierarchies are maintained.
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