Human Nature Archive
14 August 2014, 08:10 AM ET
As society became friendlier and less aggressive centuries ago, there was less of a need for the robust facial features of a caveman. The result? The feminine faces of modern humans -- thinner skulls, lighter brows and rounder heads.
13 August 2014, 12:50 PM ET
Interviews with survivors of an emergency plane landing are helping researchers understand how certain memories may increase the risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study finds.
12 August 2014, 07:43 PM ET
Distraction saps the quality of your work, not just the speed.
12 August 2014, 07:01 PM ET
People overwhelmingly prefer symmetrical faces to asymmetrical ones, leading to the hypothesis that symmetry is a sign of health. However, new research suggests that health and facial symmetry aren't linked at all.
12 August 2014, 04:14 PM ET
Religious people are less likely than nonreligious people to report using pornography, but those who do use it are more likely to say they are addicted to porn, a new study finds.
12 August 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Astronaut candidates have to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if they have what it takes to fly on a NASA mission. How does the agency choose people with the right stuff?
12 August 2014, 09:44 AM ET
LGBT Americans are significantly less likely to identify themselves as religious, according to a new Gallup Poll.
12 August 2014, 09:07 AM ET
Why are young adults so obsessed with "The Hunger Games," "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" fantasy series? Maybe it's because they're obsessed with death, some psychologists say.
11 August 2014, 08:21 PM ET
The actor Robin Williams died today (Aug. 11). Williams, who was 63, was found in his home near Tiburon, California.
11 August 2014, 12:18 PM ET
A landmark twin study during the 80s and 90s revealed how genes are involved in everything from sexual orientation to religiosity to intelligence.
11 August 2014, 11:17 AM ET
From the Virgin Mary on grilled cheese to a face on mars, here are some of the best examples of pareidolia.
11 August 2014, 10:04 AM ET
From the space comet with an old man's face to the Virgin Mary in grilled cheese, the human brain is wired to see faces everywhere.
11 August 2014, 04:26 AM ET
It seems that with the beginning of agriculture around 10,000 years ago, group decision making changed
10 August 2014, 02:36 AM ET
Transformers, hallucinations and fake orgasms are just the start; check out the coolest stories in Science this week.
09 August 2014, 03:46 PM ET
Amazing science images every day.
09 August 2014, 01:50 PM ET
Sharks, sharks, weather and more sharks — our finds for awesome science images for this week begins here.
09 August 2014, 02:57 AM ET
It seems 28% of this group own one and for many, it has become a go-to main device.
09 August 2014, 01:56 AM ET
Has a PowerPoint world changed how you read?
08 August 2014, 01:13 PM ET
Both men and women's feelings of love for their partners can be affected by taking antidepressants, a new study suggests.
08 August 2014, 07:59 AM ET
Nearly half of the people in the study who had ever sent sexual texts had lied to their committed sexting partners about what they were really wearing or doing while sexting. Is this the mobile nonphysical version of faking an orgasm?
07 August 2014, 02:15 AM ET
An excerpt from the novel "Traitor's Blade" by Sebastien de Castell.
06 August 2014, 07:38 PM ET
When someone does wrong, whether we want to punish them severely or let them off easy is reflected in activity in certain regions of the brain, a new study shows.
06 August 2014, 04:45 PM ET
Sometimes a smile could backfire and make a person feel worse, suggests a new study showing that people who grin a lot even though they are feeling down may see a dip in well-being.
05 August 2014, 02:28 PM ET
Some aspects of musical talent are built into the genes, and perhaps cannot be improved much upon with practice, researchers said.
05 August 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Narcissists can be reliably identified using just one quick survey question, new research suggests.
05 August 2014, 12:05 PM ET
By studying how people respond to recent events in their lives, researchers have developed a mathematical formula that can predict individuals' happiness.
05 August 2014, 10:28 AM ET
The way your Facebook profile looks may suggest a lot about your personality, a new study finds. Researchers compared how extroverts and neurotics behave on the popular social networking site.
05 August 2014, 12:04 AM ET
Arctic waves, a stunning oasis and walking artichokes are just the beginning or the most awesome pictures in Science this week.
01 August 2014, 01:56 PM ET
A new robotic device could make simple, everyday tasks — such as peeling a banana or unscrewing the cap from a water bottle — even easier.
01 August 2014, 11:20 AM ET
After a decade without progress toward greater egalitarian gender roles, Americans have become more welcoming of working women.
01 August 2014, 07:40 AM ET
New York, Paris and Rome attract famous people, while Boston and Edinburgh produce them, according to a new study that maps more than 2,000 years of notable people's movements.
31 July 2014, 08:08 PM ET
In a study of cultural mobility over the past 2000 years in Europe and the United States, a map of the birth and death sites of notable figures has been plotted. Full Story: