Human Nature Archive
11 March 2016, 07:08 AM ET
When it comes to technology use, children with their parents were more present, less hypocritical and more willing to trust them, new research finds.
09 March 2016, 02:25 PM ET
Scientists who forced volunteers to chew raw goat flesh (yes, chew) have found that such meat-gnawing likely caused human teeth and jaws to shrink throughout our evolutionary history.
09 March 2016, 11:36 AM ET
An artificial intelligence system developed by Google has trounced a world champion Go player in the first of five planned matches.
07 March 2016, 03:17 PM ET
Total solar eclipses — when the moon's shadow blocks the sun completely — are rare and spectacular events, highly anticipated by astronomers, astrophotographers and casual spectators alike. But it wasn't always that way.
07 March 2016, 09:43 AM ET
People actually sigh once every five minutes, researchers found. But these audible exhalations don't necessarily signal tiredness or exasperation. Rather, physiological sighs are vital to keeping the lungs functioning properly.
03 March 2016, 01:59 PM ET
For the bulk of our evolutionary history, human groups were small, tightly knit communities. Only quite recently, some human groups started evolving into the large-scale societies.
29 February 2016, 01:03 PM ET
Are millennials really too lazy to wash a cereal bowl? Don't count them out just yet.
25 February 2016, 08:54 AM ET
Verbal jabs and snappy one-liners have long been a tool of politicians, but Donald Trump has made insults a centerpiece of his campaign. Here's what science has to say about such political insults.
25 February 2016, 08:05 AM ET
Politicians want their words to stick in voters' minds, and sometimes that means dispensing with niceties. Here's a look at some of the cruelest jabs in American history.
24 February 2016, 02:20 PM ET
What makes human morality unique?
24 February 2016, 01:57 PM ET
Wisdom teeth may have shrunk during human evolution as part of changes that started with human tool use, according to a new study.
24 February 2016, 11:11 AM ET
Parents who hide their true emotions from their children, putting on an insincere "happy face," tend to feel bad about it afterward, a new study finds.
22 February 2016, 11:34 AM ET
While scientists used to think consciousness was simply the firing of neurons, more and more experts are questioning that assumption, which could have implications for artificial intelligence.
21 February 2016, 12:09 PM ET
Diversity and representation are important — even in children's toys.
19 February 2016, 11:58 AM ET
Thinking too hard about learning something could make the behavior less automatic.
18 February 2016, 11:45 AM ET
The memory capacity of the human brain could be as large as the entire World Wide Web, new research suggests.
17 February 2016, 01:14 PM ET
Neanderthals potentially had steamy trysts with modern humans in the Middle East some 100,000 years ago, earlier than thought. The findigns are based on genes from modern humans found in a Neanderthal.
16 February 2016, 10:43 PM ET
Is California "greener" than New York?
16 February 2016, 06:55 PM ET
Is New York "greener" than California?
11 February 2016, 02:14 PM ET
Ancient trysts between Neanderthals and modern humans may have influenced modern risks for depression, heart attacks, nicotine addiction, obesity and other health problems, researchers said.
10 February 2016, 03:45 PM ET
Fossils of what may be primitive relatives of gorillas suggest that the human and gorilla lineages split up to 10 million years ago, millions of years later than what has been recently suggested, researchers say.
09 February 2016, 01:28 PM ET
Mystical experiences may occur when the brain's inhibitory processes are suppressed, opening a "door of perception," new research finds.
08 February 2016, 10:25 AM ET
Individualism and narcissism are rising in the United States. But why?
05 February 2016, 03:03 PM ET
If no amount of coffee seems to help you feel fresh and alert in the morning, you may be able to blame your genes. A new study by the genetics company 23andMe has identified 15 regions of the human genome that are linked to being a morning person.
05 February 2016, 07:39 AM ET
Playtime could broaden kids' perspectives and ideas of what is "good" when it comes to body image, as new, diverse toys come onto the market, sociologists say.
04 February 2016, 02:03 PM ET
A group of scientists argues that racial categories are weak proxies for genetic diversity and need to be phased out of biological studies.
03 February 2016, 02:39 PM ET
Millennials are frequently told they're the most narcissistic and entitled generation. How does that make them feel?
01 February 2016, 09:25 PM ET
Let’s face it: gossips get a bad rap.
01 February 2016, 07:24 AM ET
Instead of picturing everyone in the audience naked, imagining a more positive scenario like an encouraging audience or applause might be more helpful in reducing the anxiety of performing in front of an audience, according to a new study.
30 January 2016, 11:46 AM ET
Sleeping in over the weekend is one of life’s great pleasures. Yet some of us are much better at it than others.
29 January 2016, 12:05 PM ET
A new computer program can decode what people are looking at almost as soon as they see the object, new research shows.
29 January 2016, 11:25 AM ET
Forget the expression "nice guys finish last." A new study finds that men who are concerned for the well-being of others in place of themselves may have a better shot with women compared to men who are just good-looking.