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Mechanical Sex: The Relationship Between Intercourse And Intimacy

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Researchers May Have Found A Way To Improve Black Men's Life Expectancy

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Why It's Time To Think About Self-Driving Cars In Regards To Parking

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Since The 1960s, Researchers Track Perry Preschool Project Participants

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Why are some warnings heard, while others are ignored? Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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How To See The Future (No Crystal Ball Needed)

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The myth that vaccines cause autism has persisted, even though the facts paint an entirely different story. Renee Klahr hide caption

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Facts Aren't Enough: The Psychology Of False Beliefs

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Placebos May Be A Powerful Tool That Medicine Has Overlooked

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The cereal ads we saw when we were 5 years old can still influence our buying decisions at 50. Phillip Waterman/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption

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This Is Your Brain On Ads: How Mass Marketing Affects Our Minds

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Stop The Presses! Newspapers Affect Us, Often In Ways We Don't Realize

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Researchers Examine Who's Better At College Basketball's Free-Throw Line

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Why Partisanship Changes How People React To Noncontroversial Statements

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There's A Gap Between Perception And Reality When It Comes To Learning

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Creative Differences: The Benefits Of Reaching Out To People Unlike Ourselves

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Why Did So Many Americans Trust Russian Hackers' Election Propaganda?

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Playing The Gender Card: Overlooking And Overthrowing Sexist Stereotypes

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