Human Nature Archive
08 July 2015, 07:13 AM ET
An anxious temperament is inherited via overactive brain regions passed down by mom and dad. But there's room for experience and the environment to help soothe an anxious mind.
08 July 2015, 02:11 AM ET
To do something horrible, one must craft some sort of justification.
08 July 2015, 01:10 AM ET
Excerpt from "The Library at Mount Char" by Scott Hawkins.
06 July 2015, 01:37 PM ET
Americans are a diverse, wacky group of people, and here are some numbers to prove it. From the amount of trash we churn out to our very odd beliefs in conspiracy theories and religion, here's a look at some startling facts about Americans.
06 July 2015, 09:42 AM ET
Is an armed society a peaceful society? New research suggests the opposite: Firearm assaults, firearm robberies, firearm homicide and overall homicide are more common in states with more guns.
02 July 2015, 02:05 PM ET
Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. Charleston. Not only are mass shootings tragedies in their own rights, they appear to be contagious, according to a new study that also found such criminal acts may spread due to sensational media coverage.
01 July 2015, 09:27 AM ET
Conservatives may have more self-control than liberals because they are strong believers in free will. People who support free will believe they are responsible for their outcomes and so believe they can control their behavior.
30 June 2015, 06:27 PM ET
A new analysis of music from diverse cultures around the globe reveals that all music shares certain universal features, such as having a simple beat. And these characteristics tend to be those that bring people together, the researchers said.
30 June 2015, 11:56 AM ET
Technology can serve to boost empathy or damage it, and the effects on society can be profound.
30 June 2015, 11:41 AM ET
Prologue to the novel (R)EVOLUTION by P.J. Manney.
30 June 2015, 08:55 AM ET
Is lethal injection a humane way to execute someone? As drug companies ban the sale of their products to prisons, painless execution becomes harder to guarantee.
27 June 2015, 02:39 AM ET
Will Mozart truly boost your mathematical mind?
26 June 2015, 10:21 AM ET
Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but the dramatic change is the result of incremental legal and social changes over the last hundred years.
26 June 2015, 02:51 AM ET
Helicopter parents, "free-range" parents — what really is the best way to raise a kid?
24 June 2015, 10:17 AM ET
A new report used interviews with more than 146,000 people around the world to rank 145 countries by the well being of their residents.
23 June 2015, 04:08 PM ET
Risky play — such as climbing a tree, wandering far from home and getting lost — may be good for kids' development, new research shows.
20 June 2015, 08:34 AM ET
Moms and dads tend to parent differently, and Dad's different child-rearing style may provide unique benefits to little ones, research suggests.
19 June 2015, 07:32 PM ET
Some 1,500 people gathered in New York City's Times Square today to witness the destruction of 1 ton of confiscated ivory — a move intended to demonstrate to the world that objects made from poached ivory have no value.
19 June 2015, 07:45 AM ET
The moment a newborn baby pops into a family, parents often stop using their first names and instead start calling each other "daddy" and "mommy."
18 June 2015, 12:00 PM ET
Toddlers who see puppets steal from other puppets try to right the injustice by returning the stolen item, new research says.
17 June 2015, 10:48 AM ET
The bizarre case of Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane, Washington, woman who was passing as black, highlights confusion over ethnic and racial identity, experts said.
17 June 2015, 03:44 AM ET
We researchers all wonder whether reaching a broader audience for our academic work is worth the time and effort. Here’s a recent experience that may help you decide.
16 June 2015, 07:09 AM ET
A man who spent nearly 43 years in solitary confinement in a U.S. prison could soon be set free.
16 June 2015, 03:23 AM ET
Pope Francis's much-anticipated climate change encyclical was leaked early by an Italian paper.
15 June 2015, 02:21 PM ET
At the 2015 World Science Festival, four prominent astrophysicists discussed one of the most troubling (and embarrassing) puzzles in modern physics, and whether a theory of multiple universes can hope to solve it.
12 June 2015, 02:22 PM ET
Studies show women do cry more than men — though not, as Tim Hunt claimed, because they can't take criticism, but because of various biological, social and environmental factors.
12 June 2015, 01:35 PM ET
Marge and Homer Simpson's marriage has survived countless calamities, but the couple is set to separate this fall, according to news sources. And sociologists are not surprised that America's favorite four-fingered couple is calling it quits.
11 June 2015, 06:07 PM ET
Tim Hunt's sexist comments may be particularly egregious, but they do reflect an underlying level of discrimination and hostility to women in science, research suggests.
10 June 2015, 01:20 PM ET
A highway upgrade turned into an archaeological discovery in Israel.
10 June 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Warm weather and sunny days may make people think about skin cancer: A new study finds that people do more Google searches for the terms "skin cancer" and "melanoma" during the sun-soaked summer months than they do in other seasons.
08 June 2015, 10:57 AM ET
Prehistoric Ireland snubbed its own gold for more exotic, mystical gold across the sea.
03 June 2015, 02:20 PM ET
The so-called Charlie Charlie Challenge is based on shaky science, but there are some real and powerful forces behind this parlor game, according to one expert.