Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

Belief in conspiracy theories can satisfy important psychological needs for some people. We need to understand this first before confronting a believer with facts.

Does Science Require a Leap of Faith?

No one has ever changed their essential beliefs on the basis of rational arguments.

East-West Cultural Differences in Depression

The incidence of depressive and anxiety disorders is far lower in Asia than in the West. Different ways of thinking about negative feelings may be the key.

The Wandering Eye and the Green-Eyed Monster

New research shows that when people fantasize about illicit affairs, they often project their guilty feelings onto their partner.

Music and Chess Do Not Enhance Cognitive Ability

The notion that certain activities can enhance general cognitive abilities is appealing, but there’s little evidence to support such claims.

How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Social Life

Although the cognitive effects of sleep deprivation are widely known, few people pay much attention to the social side of sleep.

Can You Judge Trustworthiness From a Face?

A sucker may be born every minute, but you don’t have to be one of them.

Why Is Doing Arithmetic With Fractions So Difficult?

We may never use algebra or geometry, but we can’t avoid fractions in our daily lives. Although fractions are difficult, there are ways to improve the way we teach them.

Praising Children May Encourage Them to Cheat

Praise is important for emotional growth. But new research shows that the way praise is worded—even for three-year-olds—can have a significant impact on their moral choices.

How Speaking a Second Language Affects the Way You Think

The effort of speaking a second language impacts decision-making processes, but in unexpected ways.

4 Reasons Why We Forget People's Names

Humans are quite good at recognizing familiar faces, but we often fail to remember even familiar names.

The Look of a Leader

Research shows that we select our leaders—whether in politics, business, or informal groups—based on the features of their faces, even when other information may be more relevant.

Facing Your Depression

Researchers are working on a new treatment for depression you can put on your mobile device—but a self-help version is already available.

The Psychology of First Impressions

Researchers identify four facial features that drive our first impressions of others.

Fact and Fiction in Mixed-Race Marriages

Biracial partners face some special challenges, but mostly they struggle with the same problems as other couples.

Coping With Your Partner’s Annoying Behaviors

If we’re mindful about the true source of the minor irritations in our life, we can more fully appreciate the good things our partner does for us each day.

All the Lonely People — Where Do They All Come From?

Social networks are vital for good health and well-being, but it is quality and not quantity of relationships that counts.

How to Deal With Your Partner’s Jealousy

If your understand your own and your partner’s attachment style, you can effectively resolve the inevitable conflicts in your relationship.

The Psychology of Selfies

A new study shows how people adjust the camera angle of their selfies to manage the impression they want to make on other persons.

It’s Not the Sex, But the Afterglow

When it comes to marital happiness, frequent sex is not enough—it also has to be memorable.

The Best Way to Make New Friends

A new Harvard study shows that people like us more when we let them do most of the talking.

Is Porn Use Really Harmful to Relationships?

New research on porn and relationships: Despite the strident claims that scientists have proven porn use is harmful to relationships, there is in fact no such evidence.

Why So Many Unhappy Couples Stay Together

Future expectations are a better predictor of whether a relationship will last than are current levels of satisfaction.

Can Envy Ever Be a Positive Emotion?

Envy lets us know about our rank in the pecking order. But how we respond determines whether the outcome will be destructive or help us become better people.

Is It Truly Better to Give Than to Receive?

When we give, we reap more than we sow, as long as we do so willingly and believe it will help.

Is Monogamy Really the Key to Happiness?

The common wisdom is that open relationships are less satisfying and more prone to jealousy than conventional matrimony. But the data say otherwise.

Is Divorce Bad for Your Health?

Those who are ill-equipped for the demands of marriage won’t survive divorce very well either.

What Is Your Conflict Style?

Conflict is inevitable, but how couples approach it determines whether their relationship will be strengthened as a result, or torn apart.

Why Relationships Can Fail Even When We Do Everything Right

Stresses outside of a marriage hit partners with a double whammy, depriving them of quality "together time" and depleting their resolve for good communication.

Effective Communication During Relationship Conflict

No communication style works in all cases. Instead, we need to tailor our approach to the specifics of the situation.