December 16, 2013 Parents of newborns say they're often surprised to see how much bigger their older children suddenly look. Psychologists say that may be because mothers seriously underestimate the height of their youngest children, an error that could lead to more care and attention for them.
November 13, 2013 Hunger can make many people "hangry," or irritable. But new research suggests that we may have another, innate response to hunger: a desire to help others in need.
October 31, 2013 In a psychology study using Halloween candy, kids who got a candy bar and a piece of bubble gum were less satisfied than kids who got just a candy bar. The study shows that when we think about experiences, we are significantly biased by how the experience ends.
October 24, 2013 KHNIn the past, many psychotherapists ran their own little businesses. But changes in health care coverage mean that many must start accepting insurance and doing paperwork. That's leading some therapists to form group practices or join large medical groups — and may lead to better care for patients.
October 11, 2013 Do dogs think and feel? Are they persons? And if you are unsure, would the results of brain studies on dogs help you make up your mind? Alva Noë argues that, while an MRI can tell us many things about a dog's brain, it can't tell us more than we already know through our relationships with these wonderful animals.
October 7, 2013 Psychology and culture play significant roles in determining what food we rate as desirable and what food makes us cringe in disgust. Commentator Tania Lombrozo traces her own path from omnivore to vegan and confesses that she has lately been greedily eyeing food that most people would rather just pass on by.
October 4, 2013 Reading literary fiction improves people's ability to recognize other people's mental states, while popular fiction and nonfiction do not, a study says. That may be because literary fiction tends to focus on the psychology and inner lives of the characters.
October 2, 2013 People are told that if you want to get a point across, look your audience straight in the eyes. But that works only if the person already agrees with you, a study finds. When people don't share the speaker's opinion, looking them in the eye may actually make them less likely to change their minds.
September 27, 2013 How did the creators of Breaking Bad get millions of fans to stick by a meth-cooking drug lord season after season? The crafty use of an old editing technique in the pilot let us see the world through Walt's eyes, a film psychologist says, making it easier to excuse his immoral choices later on.
September 20, 2013 Researchers find that winning and losing NFL games not only causes fan to feel differently the day after the game but to eat differently as well. Fans of losing teams eat significantly more saturated fat after suffering defeats, while fans of winning teams eat lighter fare after victories.
September 5, 2013 Lots of parents yell at their teenagers, but harsh verbal punishment is associated with more bad behavior on the part of the kid. Research shows that yelling is ineffective for changing behavior. A step back and a deep breath may be better options.
September 4, 2013 Images that evoke a phobic reaction to holes have unique characteristics in terms of contrast and fine detail. Researchers found they were similar in some respects to features of venomous animals.
August 26, 2013 Is the study of happiness a shaky enterprise at its foundation? Is experimental psychology, in general, a conceptual quagmire? Commentator, and experimental psychologist, Tania Lombrozo defends the field after a recent attack by Will Wilkinson. She says its flaws stem from its youth.
August 25, 2013 We listen to music. But is music a distinctively auditory phenomenon? Recent work in psychology suggests that we experience music as much by seeing it as by hearing it. This shouldn't surprise us, writes philosopher Alva Noë. Music isn't sound; it's action.