Psychology

laughing baby

Get the giggles often? It may be in your DNA

A gene involved in the regulation of serotonin makes some of us more prone to spontaneous smiles and bursts of laughter.
teen girl

Even when at rest, our brains prepare us to be social

The brain has a major system that seems predisposed to get us ready to be social in our spare moments.
youth

We trust kids to know what gender they are

That is, until they go against the norm: addressing transgender issues in children.
couple strolls through forest

Awe brings out the best in us

The sense of something greater than the self encourages cooperative behavior.

Stereotypes persist that class, privilege determine intellect, success

Despite egalitarian efforts to downplay class as a forecaster for intelligence and achievement, many people still believe their destiny is tied to their station in life.

Altering brain chemistry makes us more sensitive to inequality

What if there were a pill that made you more compassionate and more likely to help someone less fortunate? That's not so far-fetched.

Think your morals are unshakeable? Think again

Moral decisions can be swayed by tracking one's eye movements.
Roger Walsh

Making the most of life

Feeling blue? Anxious? Fatigued? Roger Walsh offers ‘Eight Ways to Wellbeing.’

Creating love in the lab: The 36 questions that spark intimacy

After falling in love as UC Berkeley graduate students, Arthur and Elaine Aron have studied love for nearly 50 years.
Sistine Chapel

Add nature, art and religion to life’s best anti-inflammatories

Taking in such spine-tingling wonders as the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel ceiling or Schubert’s “Ave Maria” may give a boost to the body’s defense system.

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