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Does Your Dog Have Personality? But of Course!

Dog behavior has been shaped by millennia of contact with humans. So it shouldn't surprise us that they have personality traits similar but not identical to our own.
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What We Can Learn About Ourselves from the Genome of Honeybees

A remarkable study of the genomics and behavior of honeybees has revealed important insights into human behavior and metabolism.
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Science Shines a Light on the Evolution of Music and Language

Scientific experiments help elucidate the evolution of music from a meaningless jumble of sounds into a more coherent form of human communication.
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What Can We Learn About Fatherhood From Science?

A scientist explores what we can learn about fatherhood from the science of the brain, hormones, and behavior. Read more!
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How Did We End Up in a Post-factual World?

Belief in alternative facts is the hallmark of the post-factual world. It arises from our tribal nature and is very difficult to change.
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Want to Know Why Exercise is So Good for Your Brain?

Exercise induces epigenetic changes that increase BDNF, a protein that keeps neurons healthy and improves cognitive function.
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How Little White Lies Can Lead to Great Big Ones

Studies show lies increase with repetition but only when the participant benefited. Self-interest is the thing that pushes people down that slippery slope.

The Fascinating History of the Color Red

The color red was most likely the first color (besides black and white) to be registered in our ancient ancestors brains.
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How Memories Can Be Modified and Manipulated

Our memories may not be truly our own. They're subject to social influences, some positive (they correct factual errors and omissions) and some negative (they manipulate the memory of facts to conform to the "accepted" version regardless of veracity). This is not just an exercise in theoretical psychology, it has important social implications.

Random Thoughts on ‘The Theory of Everything’

Stephen Hawking overcame the physical affliction of his degenerative neurologic disease (ALS) with his soaring optimism going on to become one of the world's most famous theoretical physicists. Unique aspects of the human brain help explain why.
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Why Dogs Aren’t Schizophrenic

Dogs suffer from almost every psychiatric disorder that afflicts humans—all except one: schizophrenia. Why is that?
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Cooperation in the Age of the Gerrymander

In the past, cooperation for mutual benefit was so biologically advantageous that it was hard-wired in the brain, but politics may have changed the rules of the game.