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Kevin Bennett Ph.D.
Are you a good tipper? Here are a couple of ways to think about it.
Is the constant storm of newly manufactured artificial things getting you down? Demographers say population growth is part of the problem, but maybe psychology can fix it.
The only thing we have to fear is…actually there are boatloads of things to worry about. But we spend too much time panicking about the wrong ones.
Seeking new places to hide? Did you know that the tactics you use to explore your surroundings reveal much about your evolved vigilance and confidence? Here's how it works.
Many of our aesthetic preferences— from landscape beauty to food and entertainment – are the lingering result of natural selection, not arbitrary preferences for colors and shapes.
Have you started to suspect that your boyfriend shows little empathy or isn't very fun? Here are 9 ways to tell if he is the total opposite of Mr. Right.
The history of human aggression is long and troubling. Why do so many of us keep getting into conflicts that escalate to the point of violence?
Mate poaching and narcissism: Are there romantic competitors out there ready to poach your partner?
How understanding our evolutionary past can help us find peace, love, and happiness today.
Remember when you said you would never join Twitter, Facebook, or own a cell phone? You don't want to be late to the party this time around.
From the standpoint of social efficiency and evolved design, there may be an ideal group size.
Are you haunted by romantic regret? Research explores two ways we experience regret: “I can’t believe I dated him!” vs. “I’ll never know what could have been.”
Can you spot active shooters before they become violent? Based on recent shootings, a new FBI report identifies pre-attack behavioral signals to watch out for.
Here is one thing you can do to get a narcissist to feel empathy. Research shows that narcissists are capable of humanitarian kindness if it is presented in a specific way.
Recent findings underscore the dual nature of cities: Rapid growth often leads to positive economic results, but may be psychologically problematic.
Hallucinations, anxiety, panic attacks, and impulsivity are common outcomes of long periods of social and physical isolation.
Do we need a new "psychology of robots?" Recent research says "no" because we seem to apply our human perceptual biases to robot personalities.
Are you making the best food choices for you and your family? Redesigned food nutrition labels reveal new and useful information to consumers.
Why do we love the psychological myth of the 10-percent brain? Neuroscience shows no support for this, but we do not seem willing to let the idea go.
If you work with groups of people in a leadership role or as a team member, here are three ideas that may change the way you do things.
Recent research takes an evolutionary psychology approach to city planning with the goals of enhancing relationships and promoting well-being.
Will you fall in love with your total opposite? Are cult members dumb, gullible sheep? Answers to these questions and eight other surprises from psychological science.
Many established IQ tests are valid, reputable, and trustworthy, but use caution with free internet tests. Either way, how much should you let a single number affect your life?
What is wrong with dressing your dog up for Halloween? Absolutely nothing. But buying your dog an imitation service dog vest is not good—and it is more common than you think.
How many psychopaths are reading this next to you right now? Rates are very high in prison, but if you work in an office you may see one or more of these signs in a co-worker.
Why would a man ever get a pedicure? That’s what I always thought until I tried it. Here some things I learned.
Every intensely emotional thing you do is linked to an adaptive problem and solution. These books will open doors.
Why do low-income extraverts spend more on "high status" luxury goods compared to low-income introverts? New research shows how status-shopping interacts with personality.
Many residents along the Texas coast will be facing a long road to psychological recovery. Here are four types of loss to watch out for in the aftermath of disasters.
The pain of extreme isolation results from a conflict between evolved social mechanisms and impersonal modern environments containing built structures that cut us off from others.
Kevin Bennett, Ph.D., is a social-personality psychologist and Associate Teaching Professor at the Pennsylvania State University, Beaver Campus.