Psychology

True and false signs

Administrations change, but tendency to believe threats does not

Research shows political views predict whether people trust false information about dangers — no matter who's in office.

Aerial shot of a suburban neighborhood

Racial bias taints neighborhoods — and residents, research reveals

The health and well-being of residents is jeopardized by bias about where they live.

Married couple on a couch

Hang in there. As couples age, humor replaces bickering

A study of longtime married pairs finds less rancor and more tenderness as time goes by.

Cute puppy in the grass

So cute you could crush it?

If you've ever wanted to pinch a baby's cheeks, you've suffered from cute aggression. Here's what that means.

UCSF

Brain signature of depressed mood unveiled in new study

Direct recordings of the brain link memory, emotion and anxiety during low moods.

Family around a Thanksgiving table

How to avoid a Thanksgiving battle over politics

Don't want to get into it with your in-laws? Here's three tips to keep things civil over the holidays.

Young woman clasping hands

Gratitude is good — even if it doesn’t always feel like it

How to navigate the potential pratfalls of giving and showing your thanks.

Outraged man typing on computer

How rants on social media can come back to haunt you

Negativity tends to boomerang back on those who start it — and persists much longer than positive comments do.

Tetris blocks

Tetris: It could be the salve for a worried mind

New research suggests the classic video game represents “flow” — a state of blissful distraction.

A man and a woman at a microphone

Why we think women sound shrill

Why do men seem to speak with more authority? Because we've engineered them to sound that way, says Tom McEnaney.

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