psychology

Being Nice To Someone Literally Makes Your Brain Light Up, Science Says

Being kind and helping others is a great way to boost your mood. However, the mechanisms of it have remained a bit obscure. Now, a new overview of brain studies published in NeuroImage has found, for the first time, what kindness looks like in the…
By JR Thorpe

6 Habits Of Sociopaths That Are Pretty Common In Non-Sociopaths

You've probably heard your friend call that potential date who ghosted her a "sociopath," but actually being a sociopath is far different than movies make it out to be. People are fascinated by others who exhibit the characteristics of both…
By JR Thorpe

Science Says This Is Why You’re So Stressed Out When You Have *Too* Many Options

You’re standing in a supermarket aisle and looking for some jam, only to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options, ranging from specialty local preserves to your more run-of-the-mill Smuckers jelly, completely unable to choose which freaking…
By Sanam Yar

7 Weird Ways Nostalgia Changes Your Brain

Nostalgia, the feeling of longing and wistfulness for times gone by, is a very common sensation; a study in 2017 found that nostalgia is one of the 27 "main" emotions that humans feel. It's been recorded as a unique emotion for at least 300 years,…
By JR Thorpe

If You’re An Introvert, This Study Says You'd Probably Prefer To Be More Outgoing

Are introverts really that keen on being introverts? According to new research published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, introverts want to be more like extroverts — but not for the reasons you might think. According to researchers, extroverted…
By Mika Doyle

No, It’s Not Weird That Meghan Markle’s Accent Could Change — Here’s Why

Some royal watchers are saying that Meghan Markle’s accent is sounding a bit more British these days, and, true to form, the internet is all stirred up with speculations as to why. In a recent HBO clip of the upcoming documentary featuring Queen…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Science Says Having This Personality Trait Makes You Seem More Trustworthy

It can be tough to figure out if somebody you don't know is trustworthy. "Reading" how they'll respond to your faith is pretty tricky, and until now we haven't had a good measure to indicate that somebody will or won't let you down. However, a new…
By JR Thorpe

Science Says People With This Personality Type Are The Best At Working From Home

The future of the workplace may not be an office at all. Current trends indicate that every year more of us are working from home or using flexible working arrangements; 3.9 million Americans work from home at least half of the time in 2018, making…
By JR Thorpe

This New Study Will Completely Change How You Think About Introverts & Extroverts

There are many misconceptions out there about being an introvert. We don't universally love 24-hour silence, prefer empty rooms to full ones, or find social gatherings difficult. Studies have shown that the difference between introverts and…
By JR Thorpe

Researchers Found A Way To Objectively Measure Unequal Treatment

A new paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that discrimination may be predictable, according to researchers from the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business. Ming Hsu, associate professor at…
By Mika Doyle

Public Speaking Pros Say This One Hack Can Help You Calm Down Instantly

It's totally normal to get nervous before doing something difficult, scary, or completely new to you, but that doesn't mean you'd probably prefer to calm down before doing it. Being in a calmer frame of mind doesn't mean the adrenaline will go away,…
By JR Thorpe

8 Ways To Practice Gratitude That Aren't Totally Corny

While there are a million and one reasons to practice gratitude throughout the day, you're probably thinking, if one more person tells you to start a gratitude journal, you might actually want to scream into your pillow. And while I’m not negating…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Science Says You’re Probably Making A Better First Impression Than You Think

Everybody worries about how they appear when they first meet somebody new. Did they like us, did we seem smart or cool or appropriately professional or mature — the list goes on. A new study published in Psychological Science reveals that we…
By JR Thorpe

Researchers Created A Brand New Personality Test That’s Super Hard To Trick

Personality tests are fascinating. While many people take personality tests to assess suitability for particular jobs or workplaces, others (hello) may just take them for fun, to see what insights it might hold about your personality. But if you…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

This Massive Global Survey Found Almost Everyone Was More Stressed & Sad In 2017

If 2017 was a rough year for you, you're not alone. The 2018 Global Emotions Report, a massive Gallup survey that tracks something called the Negative Experience Index, found that negative emotions reached a new high in 2017. Feelings of sadness,…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

The Weird Thing Not Being Able To Sleep In The Car Says About Your Personality

Car sleeping is kind of like trying to sleep on an airplane — it sort of works, but not really. You're resting, but also waking up with every bump in the road, and it's also super disorienting, since if you wake up at the end of your journey, you…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Being Under A Little Stress Makes You Show Your “True” Self, This Study Says

We all wonder sometimes what we're truly like underneath it all — whether we're truly introverts to our core, or if there's a social butterfly just aching to come out, for instance. A new study published in Nature Communications reveals that there's…
By JR Thorpe

The One Thing To Remember If You’re Constantly Worried About Letting People Down

All of us worry that we've disappointed someone, whether it's about a specific thing — we didn't turn up to their birthday party because #selfcare — or about bigger issues — we aren't living the "right" life with the "perfect" job or partner.…
By JR Thorpe

9 Creepy As Heck Dreams Everyone Gets At Least Once

While sleeping is likely one of your favorite activities, that sweet slumber can sometimes be disrupted by a creepy dream. Perhaps your dreams creep you out so much that you keep them to yourself because you fear you're the only one having them.…
By Brandi Neal

7 Surprisingly Effective Ways To Stop Yourself From Crying

Whether it hits you in the middle of a subway ride, or at your desk after a particularly terrible day at work, the urge to cry can strike at the worst times. As one of the most relatable human experiences, crying in public has become such a rite of…
By Sanam Yar