Human inclinations are not primarily selfish: kindness and altruism have been evolutionarily valued in mates, and even the youngest children often try to be helpful
A new review of the research explains why “mud” sticks — especially when it’s flung in the midst of a heated political contest
Why does willpower often seem to fail us, just when we need it most?
Mistaken eyewitness identification is a major cause of false convictions, but a new lineup technique could improve bystanders’ accuracy
People’s overconfidence can be confused with competence, while their paranoia can elicit the very anger and rejection they’re seeking to avoid
Why judges hand down shorter sentences to convicted psychopaths when their behavior is blamed on the brain
During the shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Oak Creek, Wis., some people confronted danger and saved lives, while most others scampered for the exits. What explains the difference?
A researcher spent two years crisscrossing the country by bus cataloging all the ways we try to prevent strangers from sitting next to us
Psychological abuse — including demeaning, bullying and humiliating — may be the most prevalent form of child maltreatment. Yet it’s among the hardest to identify or to treat
Biology meets history in a new book on revolution, riot and the sex hormone testosterone. Author Karin Kneissl explains
Everyone has nightmares, but bad dreams can indicate — or even cause — psychological problems. Take this yes-or-no quiz to see what your dreams may mean for your mental health
Humans have a psychological need to see the world as fair and just. Paradoxically, that’s why we sometimes blame the victims in cases of sexual abuse.