A row of pigeons on a plank

Just like pigeons, people tend to flock

Are we rational? Sure. But crowd panics, market bubbles and other collective actions seem to be built into our species. 

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Regret is a gambler’s curse, scientists say

New science can record rapid human brain activity — including what goes on after we wager.

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Kindness: An unsung climate change tool

The solutions to climate change are not just technological — kindness can help any community weather its harshest impacts.

Science of happiness moves to the workplace

Surveys find more than half of American job seekers cite the need for more meaningful work, engagement and recognition.

Sleep deprived girl in classroom

How poor sleep can ruin your social life

People found sleep-deprived individuals to be more socially unattractive, and felt lonelier after interacting with them.

Key in the door

Where you put your keys

Ben Storm explains why we tend to misplace just that one thing and why forgetting might be a secret power.

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What being left-handed says about culture

The number of left-handed people in a society can help explain its norms, new study finds.

Relax, mom. You still matter.

A new study has a reassuring message for parents of college-age children: You’re probably underestimating their loyalty to you.

Smartphones act as digital security blankets in stressful social situations

When people are in awkward social situations, their phones offer comfort and relieve feelings of isolation — without even turning them on.

Moral decision making is rife with internal conflict

New findings challenge the popular notion that we rely on our "guts" and don't think through challenging questions of right and wrong.