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Psychology

Human behavior is fascinating — and we still have a lot to learn. Keep up with news and updates from the field of psychology.

Why we fear uncertainty — and why we shouldn’t

A new approach to measuring what’s going on in our minds

Why psychedelics produce some of the most meaningful experiences in people’s lives

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Robin Carhart-Harris studies psychedelics to understand the mind

Psychedelics can have enormous benefits, but the risks shouldn’t be ignored

Real mindfulness would transform the economy

Meditation is more than either stress relief or enlightenment

Psychedelics might revolutionize therapy. What happens if you remove the trip?

The psychedelic renaissance is at risk of missing the bigger picture

Why the news is so negative — and what we can do about it

What keeping secrets does to you

The case for regret

A survey on global mental well-being shows that the kids are not all right

Why you (probably) won’t finish reading this story

22 things we think will happen in 2022

A good life is painful

How to deal with (even more) Covid uncertainty

The status games we all play

What an enormous global study can tell us about feeling better during the pandemic

We admire these do-gooders. We just don’t want to date them.

How to walk away from an awkward conversation

The replication crisis devastated psychology. This group is looking to rebuild it. 

How to make this winter not totally suck, according to psychologists

How we can encourage people to wear masks — for others’ sake

2020 was a time warp

“Reality” is constructed by your brain. Here’s what that means, and why it matters.

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“Our calm is contagious”: How to use mindfulness in a pandemic

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The haunting of Girlstown

A mysterious outbreak. Hundreds of stricken schoolgirls. Was it an illness, or was something darker to blame?

Capitalism is turning us into addicts

Why Buddhism is true

The surprising altruism of babies

A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes

Is it okay to sacrifice one person to save many? How you answer depends on where you’re from.

Is rationality overrated?

Why willpower is overrated

Why humans are cruel

Moral grandstanding is making an argument just to boost your status. It’s everywhere.

American happiness is plummeting. Could a few words change that?

Is positive psychology all it’s cracked up to be?

How to spend money to squeeze more joy out of life

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