Topic: Social & Behavioral Sciences

November 2, 2018 Robot Gaze Aversion - Humans relate better to robots that avert their eyes at well-chosen moments.
October 31, 2018 Seeking Out Fear - The science of human fear is much more complex than is commonly thought.
October 29, 2018 Creative Dreaming - Dreams can be a rich source of creative ideas.
October 22, 2018 Virtual Reality & Empathy - Virtual reality experiences could boost empathy.
October 17, 2018 Chewing Gum Myth - Does it really take seven years to digest chewing gum?
September 19, 2018 Implicit Bias - Researchers win an award for original work on implicit bias.
September 7, 2018 Sleepwalking Brains - A listener asks what's going on in the brain when someone is sleepwalking.
August 31, 2018 Marmoset Baby Talk - A study suggests baby marmosets’ calls change as they grow up - questioning more than 50 years of conventional wisdom about primate vocalizations.
August 27, 2018 Social Robots & Autism - Robots help children with autism develop social skills at home
August 16, 2018 Robot Peer Pressure - Can robots exert peer pressure, influencing people’s decisions?
August 8, 2018 Seeing AI - A powerful mobile phone app helps blind users see the world.
August 2, 2018 Religion & Prosperity - Why do secular societies tend to be more prosperous?
July 5, 2018 Moral Stimulation - Electricity may charge up our moral character.
June 25, 2018 Daily Tweet Cycle - Can tweets reveal how thoughts and moods shift throughout the day?
June 12, 2018 Minority Opinion Persuasion - How many voices does it take to effect change?
May 28, 2018 Chimpanzee Nest Microbes - Are ape beds cleaner than ours?
May 16, 2018 Mental Microbes - Growing up on a farm could help protect people from certain disorders.
May 11, 2018 Dolphins at Play - Dolphins’ seemingly adorable antics may not actually be all fun and games to them.
May 2, 2018 Starbucks Culture - Customers at Starbucks in China show behavioral traits of their agrarian past.
April 17, 2018 Language Genetics - Genes may influence the ability to tell certain consonants apart and may play a role in the evolution of languages.
April 16, 2018 The Brain on Time - The brain chemical dopamine may regulate our perception of how fast time passes.
April 2, 2018 Race Car Conflict - Researchers learn about aggression and conflict by watching Formula One races.
March 16, 2018 Infant Logic - Infants use an early form of deductive reasoning.
March 9, 2018 Spreading False News - Why false news spreads faster than the truth on social media.
February 27, 2018 Neanderthal Art - Sophisticated cave art in Spain may be the work of Neanderthals.
February 9, 2018 Universal Music - Some basic features of songs may be nearly universal.
February 5, 2018 Friendship on the Brain - Close friends show similar brain patterns.
February 2, 2018 Anti-Tripping Circuit - Scientists discover a brain circuit that keeps us upright after stumbling.
February 1, 2018 E-Cigarette Toxicity - New evidence of toxicity with e-cigarette use.
January 31, 2018 Energy Saving Homebodies - As Americans spend more time at home, overall energy use is dropping.
January 25, 2018 Pachyderms get the Point - Elephants, unlike mammals much more similar to us, seem to instinctively understand pointing gestures.
January 22, 2018 Parents, Kids & Math - An educational app helps parents with math anxiety help their kids excel in the subject.
January 9, 2018 Anti-Poaching Rhino DNA - Matching poached rhino horns to the scene of the crime using DNA to nab wildlife traffickers.
December 22, 2017 Holiday Pet Threats - The holidays may pose a surprising danger for your pet.
December 21, 2017 College Racial Health Gap - A college education can leave some students with a health debt.
December 20, 2017 Drone Forensics - Using drones to prosecute decades-old war crimes in Guatemala.
December 18, 2017 Right Ear Advantage - The right ear listens and comprehends slightly better than the left.
December 14, 2017 Pollution and Teen Behavior - Fine soot particles may contribute to juvenile delinquency.
November 30, 2017 Vision Video Games - Could action video games help older people’s vision?
November 13, 2017 Impact of Small Media - Small media has an out-sized influence on public discourse.
October 4, 2017 Exercise and Depression - A small amount of weekly exercise may help prevent depression.
September 8, 2017 Social Health - Social well-being could be important to our long-term health.
September 4, 2017 Human Echolocation Sounds - How do some blind people use echolocation to get around?
August 30, 2017 Slow Motion Bias - Slow motion videos of violent encounters bias our interpretation of the events.
August 16, 2017 Toxic Beauty Products - Beauty products may lead to health problems in some populations.
August 10, 2017 Longevity & Activity Perception - A positive opinion about your activity level may help you live longer.
August 8, 2017 Guide Dog Success - Does over-parenting short-circuit the careers of potential guide dogs?
July 28, 2017 Buying Time - Can purchasing time-saving services make us happier?
July 13, 2017 Artificial Dye Safety - Some people argue that food dyes are harmful to human health, but do decades of safety research back up these allegations?
June 16, 2017 Science Comics - Communicating about science through comics.