What’s the best number of friends for a person to have? Click this link to hear from a professor whose research explores this very question.
We often think of cures for cancer as chemicals developed in laboratories, but nature may be the source of new remedies. Tom Phillips explains how researchers aim to tap into the medical possibilities of the Amazon rainforest—and at the same time protect this threatened environment from human development.
Imagine barely escaping a shark attack with your life and going on to become an advocate for protecting sharks. It happens more often than you’d think!
In this article, Emily Esfahani Smith examines two films, Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi, to delve into the relationship between optimism and resilience.
An interesting new study that shows how visual working memory can influence our perception of events.
Young people in the Neighborhood Service Organization’s Youth Initiatives Project are making their voices heard. Find out how their student team work is supporting their teachers.
Every year in America, nearly 30 million people visit haunted houses and horror movies bring in over half a billion dollars at the theater. Why do people like to be scared? Watch this video with Margee Kerr about the biology and psychology of being scared—and why being scared can be a good thing.
Thanks to modern neuroscience, we can understand the brain processes that take place we encounter some visual illusions. Explore this collection of popular illusions and find out how they work.
Former field hospital beds are being repurposed for Ukrainian refugees in Wales, an effort that allows more families to stay together. Read about the impact this immigration has had on the Welsh population and child bed poverty.
Environmental activism is hugely important, but so is mental health. Learn how a courageous new wave of activists reconcile the two.
Listen to Ethan Lisi discuss autistic behaviors and debunk stereotypes.
An innovative New York City program seeks to protect girls from developing a negative body image.
Nobel-Prize winner Albert Einstein was one. Susan Cain presents her ideas about the value of introverts. She argues that though many people today prize being social and outgoing, being contemplative and quiet should also be encouraged and celebrated. Listen to her TED talk or read the transcript.
Shakespeare’s line, “Macbeth doth murder sleep”—and his guilt-ridden, sleepwalking Lady Macbeth—made a link between psychological distress and troubled sleep. Recent research shows that the Bard was onto something.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected young people and their sense of how they fit into society?
Combatting the coronavirus has increased production of surgical masks, creating a potential environmental hazard. Read about the risks and ways to protect the planet.
In this short column, a doctor dispels myths about hypnosis to finally answer that age old question: Is hypnosis real?
Learn about why this vaccine is so important for children in Africa.
Historians still aren’t quite certain of vampires’ origins, but they have theories. Read more to find out what they are.
Proprioception is the way the human body remains aware of itself, even in darkness. Learn more about this mysterious and fascinating function of the brain in this article.