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The Schadenfreude Economy

Why do we take such delight in the hilarious, satisfying pain of others?

People Have Too Much Confidence

The most overconfident among us may not be willfully delusional: inherent cognitive laziness or built-in defense mechanisms may be to blame. But even accidentally inflated egos can influence others.

Dad Brains: How Fatherhood Affects Grey Matter

A new child brings immediate responsibilities and stresses, but a person doesn’t “become a father” overnight.

Comment Sections: Scientific Aberrations in Action

Yes, the comments are terrible, but the extent to which commenters’ behavior deviates from established psychological patterns is fascinating. And terrible.

How Do You Hurt the Ones You Love?

One way to measure how compassionate a partner you are? The way you break up with people.

White People’s Obsession with Reverse Racism

Why do so many white Americans think they’re the real victims?

Does Having a Sense of Humour Make You Funny?

There’s a difference between being able to enjoy jokes and actually making them.

The Nefarious Future of the Focus Group

When bored, our brains react in different ways—but when engaged, they march in mental lockstep.

Would You Like to See the Body?

The bodies of the passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 began arriving at Eindhoven airport in the Netherlands yesterday—40 simple wooden coffins unloaded from military transport planes while a single bugle played on the tarmac.

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