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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.

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

Why old people will always complain about young people

I treat teens who attempted suicide. Here’s what they told me.

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The brutal mirror: what the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life

Meat is unhealthy, meat is okay: Why science keeps overturning what we thought we knew

These scientists want to make psychotherapy sessions much, much shorter

The “10,000-hour rule” was debunked again. That’s a relief.

How desire can warp our view of the world

22 percent of millennials say they have “no friends”

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Is GPS really ruining our brains?

An expert on human blind spots gives advice on how to think

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Have smartphones really destroyed a generation? We don’t know.

Bored and lonely? Blame your phone.

Yes, the internet is destroying our collective attention span

Teen girls are now poisoning themselves at alarming rates. There are ways to help.

Why shame is good

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Mindfulness meditation in America has a capitalism problem

How digital technology is destroying our freedom

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The extraordinary therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs, explained

I spent months talking to psychedelic guides and researchers. Here’s what I learned.