July 24, 2012 Scientists have long studied why some requests seem to be met with a yes while others get a no. Now, there's a new development: A study finds that asking for unusual favors can be very effective in getting people to comply.
July 8, 2012 TV gives you the best seat in the house. Yet televised sports are no substitute for actually being there Why? The answer has to do with the nature of human perception.
May 9, 2012 Two-thirds of Republicans say the president can do something about high gas prices; about two-thirds of Democrats say he can't. But six years ago, with a Republican president in the White House, those numbers were reversed. Researchers want to understand this flipped perception.
March 8, 2012 Eating lots of fruits and veggies gives skin a slightly yellow hue. And that's considered more healthy and attractive looking, according to a new study.
March 6, 2012 Women get satisfaction out of conflict in relationships, while men like it better when their mate seems happy. But both sexes benefit from empathizing with the other's feelings, be they good or bad.
March 5, 2012 Why are politicians and those of us who vote for them so obsessed with inconsistency? We take that question on from three angles: how our brains are wired; the psychology of judging what's consistent; and how consistency plays out in leadership styles.
March 1, 2012 How do our bodies work with our brains to generate patterns of creative thinking? Students who complete a task while sitting or walking outside a box think more creatively ("outside the box") than those who sit or walk inside it. How can this finding be explained?
February 10, 2012 Can you tell white wine from red? As Paul Bloom discusses in a recent book, you might be surprised by the answer. Alva Noë argues that examples such as this give us an opportunity to think anew about perception and its pleasures.
January 28, 2012 Everything from the size of your plate to the color of your food may be telling you to eat more than you actually need. The good news is you can use psychology to your advantage, if you learn a few tricks of the trade.
December 1, 2011 New research in psychology suggests that our favorite popular songs contain more messages about sex and reproduction than do less-favored songs. Is our evolved psyche at work here? Commentator Barbara J. King considers the evidence.