social psychology

bottled water

We Keep Buying Bottled Water Because We Fear Death

Ads for bottled water make it seem safer and purer than normal tap water, researchers say.
Stephen Leahy

To Truly Fake Intelligence, Chatbots Need To Be Able To Change Your Mind

To achieve social intelligence, AI needs to be able to be persuasive, argues researcher.
Michael Byrne
love is a hoax

Sharing Life's Experiences Can Make You Start to Look Like the One You Love

Social psychologists explain why two people in a couple are often more alike than one would expect by chance.
Kimberly Lawson
love is a hoax

Why Does Love Hurt So Much?

In poetry & literature, love has long been associated with pain, agony & torment, but is it possible to love someone so much it hurts? We asked a social psychologist.
Kimberly Lawson

Why Authoritarianism Refuses to Die

The death penalty and sex crimes have more to do with the psychology of this year's lurch to the right than you might think.
Tshepo Mokoena

Lonely People Are More Likely to See Objects as Humanlike

Research shows that lonely people tend to ascribe human characteristics to nonliving things. But according to a new study, simply reflecting on past close relationships can make the pillow just a pillow again.
Kimberly Lawson

Study Questions How 'Tolerant' People Really Feel About Interracial Couples

"I felt like the polls weren’t telling the whole story."
Sarah Emerson

Here's Why People Actually 'Like' Your Posts on Facebook

With the exception of your mom, few people "like" your status because they actually like it. Hell, sometimes people "like" your posts expressly because they hate them.
Sam Briggs