“Friendships become even more important as we age,” said William Chopik, a Michigan State University assistant professor of psychology whose study suggests friendships may actually be more important than family relationships. Credit: © pablocalvog / Fotolia The power of friendship gets stronger with age and may even be more important than family relationships, indicates new

These findings suggest that our expectations may not match the reality of dying, which has important implications for how we treat people who are dying. Credit: © Studio Porto Sabbia / Fotolia Fear of death is a fundamental part of the human experience — we dread the possibility of pain and suffering and we worry

This figure shows eight different real faces that were presented to a monkey, together with reconstructions made by analyzing electrical activity from 205 neurons recorded while the monkey was viewing the faces. Credit: Courtesy of Doris Tsao When you look at photos of faces, your brain is able to instantly identify the ones that you

Painted turtle eggs were brought from a hatchery in Louisiana, candled to ensure embryo viability and then incubated at male-permissive temperatures in a bed of vermiculite. Those exposed to BPA developed deformities to testes that held female characteristics. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as

Humans can detect about one trillion different odors and have just as good a sense of smell as animals, suggests a new study. Credit: © Anneke / Fotolia When it comes to our sense of smell, we have been led to believe that animals win out over humans: No way can we compete with dogs

The study found no evidence of the commonly held belief that women can recognize faces more accurately than men. Credit: Patrick Mansell Despite conventional wisdom that suggests women are better than men at facial recognition, Penn State psychologists found no difference between men and women in their ability to recognize faces and categorize facial expressions.

How does our language affect our perception of time? Credit: © spaxiax / Fotolia Language has such a powerful effect, it can influence the way in which we experience time, according to a new study. Professor Panos Athanasopoulos, a linguist from Lancaster University and Professor Emanuel Bylund, a linguist from Stellenbosch University and Stockholm University,

With new research, the modest personality trait of ‘intellectual humility’ finally gets its moment in the spotlight. Credit: Jonathan Fuller “Intellectual humility” has been something of a wallflower among personality traits, receiving far less scholarly attention than such brash qualities as egotism or hostility. Yet this little-studied characteristic may influence people’s decision-making abilities in politics,

Milgram experiment tests people’s willingness to deliverer electric shocks to another person when encouraged by an experimenter.Image Credit:Flickr/Ape Lad The title is direct, “Would you deliver an electric shock in 2015?” and the answer, according to the results of this replication study, is yes. Social psychologists from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in

Customers rarely post on a brand’s page on their own and typically only see a fraction of a brand’s Facebook content unless they are targeted with paid advertising. Image Credit: Flickr/Global Panorama Social media managers who think that simply building up followers on Facebook is enough to boost a brand’s sales may not “like” a

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