psychology

This Is How To Tell When Someone Is Lying To You, According To Science

I consider myself a pretty intuitive person, and I'd like to think that I can tell when someone isn't being truthful. However, research indicates that most people can't tell when they are being lied to. The good news is that there are ways to tell wh…
By Brandi Neal

A New Study Reveals The Weird Reason We Feel Like We Can “Just Trust” Some Strangers

Think of a time when you had some sort of interaction with a complete stranger and, for whatever reason, felt you could trust them. Now, think of another time when the opposite happened, and you were immediately distrusting of a stranger. In both cas…
By Megan Grant

Yale's Most Popular Class In 316 Years Is A Course That Teaches You How To Be Happy

There are a lot of great things about college, like new friends, relative freedom, stimulating classes, and late-night pancakes at the dining hall. But it can also be a pretty anxiety-inducing time, and in 2015, 30 percent of college students reporte…
By Rebecca Fishbein

The Direction You Hug Someone Can Reveal A Lot About Your Emotional State

If you have ever questioned the authenticity of a hug, you may be on to something. A new study out of Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany explores the effect emotions have on the side in which someone hugs another person. According to Julian Packheise…
By Callie Tansill-Suddath

6 Personality Traits Narcissists Have In Common, According To Science

The word "narcissist" gets thrown around quite a bit, but the traits that make up a narcissistic personality are actually pretty misunderstood. While you might picture a narcissist as someone who is totally in love with themselves, that's not the who…
By Brandi Neal

The Best Way To Win An Argument, Based On Your Myers-Briggs Type

Sometimes, trying to convince another person to see things from your point of view is an exercise in frustration, especially if neither of you understand where the other is coming from. The best way to win an argument based on your Myers-Briggs perso…
By Brandi Neal

12 Ways To Be A Less Toxic Person In 2018

Does the 2003 Britney Spears classic "Toxic" speak to you like no other song? Are you totally unable to name your best friend's birthday? Do you make faces at babies on the bus just to see how loudly you can make them scream? You, my friend, could us…
By Claire Warner

Here’s What It Means If You And Your Friend Have The Same Dream

As someone who sleeps very heavily, I rarely remember my dreams from the previous night. I go to sleep, I black out, I wake up hours later. But for many people, dreams play a huge role in their sleeping habits. And for a lucky few, there occurs the s…
By Maddy Foley

You’re More Likely To Be Nasty To Retail Workers If You’re Looking For This Thing While Shopping

With the holiday season in full swing, you may find yourself hunting for bargains while you shop for friends and family. A lot of people get a rush when they find a good deal on an item they really wanted, but there is now evidence that bargain shopp…
By Katie Mitchell

If You Make Less Money Than A Friend, You Literally Experience Happiness Differently

When 21-year-old comedian Jaboukie Young-White took the stage on Jimmy Fallon last week, he spoke about the current trend of older writers coming to terms with the fact that millennials are "just poor." And while his act was a true treat — "Why aren'…
By Maddy Foley

Dreams About Losing Your Job Say A LOT About The State Of Your Life

Anxiety dreams are never pleasant. I haven't been inside a classroom since 2011, and I'm still having nightmares about showing up for finals I've never studied for. As an adult, stress dreams about work are somehow even worse, since that's the space …
By Rebecca Fishbein

This Is Why It Sometimes Feels Like You’re Moving In Slow Motion

If you've ever seen the epic sci-fi film The Matrix then you might be familiar with "bullet time," which is basically a cinematic slowing or freezing of time. But what you probably didn't know is that it can happen IRL, too. Dubbed the Matrix Effect,…
By Brandi Neal

This Simple Trick Will Help You Make Up Your Mind If You Have Trouble Making Decisions

You've likely had an experience where you've been so sure about something right up until the moment when it's about to happen. Suddenly you do an about face and decide it's really not what you want at all. Why do you change your mind at the last minu…
By Brandi Neal

12 Reasons Why The Holidays Are Actually A Glorious Time For Introverts

Work parties. Secret Santas. Horrific shopping crowds. There's a lengthy list of things introverts hate about the holidays; but believe it or not, it's not all bad news. In fact, there are plenty of things introverts love about the holidays, the chil…
By Megan Grant

7 Interesting Habits All First-Born Children Have In Common

If you're a first-born child, you likely find that you gravitate to other first-borns, and there seems to be more similarities than just being able to complain about being the guinea pig child. There are a number of interesting oldest child traits th…
By Carina Wolff

Science Just Proved Dogs Are "Brainier" Than Cats — But There's A Catch

Cats are often characterized as aloof, evil masterminds in children’s movies, but new research has put a spin on the age-old debate about whether dogs or cats are the smarter of the household pets. According to a new study from scientists at Vanderbi…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

People Who Are Described As Ambitious Share These 7 Fascinating Habits

Are you filled to the brim with ambitions for your work and life? Is Beyonce's "6 Inch Heels" (she grinds from Monday to Friday, grinds from Friday to Sunday) your anthem? Are you eagerly anticipating the day you get onto that 30 Under 30 List? Or ar…
By JR Thorpe

This Is The Scientific Reason Your Dreams Are SUPER Weird Sometimes

You’re running through your childhood home. You smell the familiar aroma and see everything is exactly as it was years ago. It’s quiet — too quiet. Just as you yell out to your family to see where they are, the floor collapses underneath your feet wi…
By Katie Mitchell

The Career You Should Consider Switching To, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Figuring out what job you were born to do is far from easy. (I mean, understanding our life’s purpose is only the question that’s plagued humans for, like, millennia.) In fact, some may argue there is no single job anyone was “born to do.” But they p…
By Mia Mercado

Um, Apparently Psychopaths Really Enjoy Listening To Justin Bieber

Here’s an interesting tidbit for your day: According to recent research conducted by Pascal Wallisch and Nicole Leal of New York University, when it comes to the music psychopaths listen to, a couple of songs stand out. The research hasn’t yet been p…
By Lucia Peters