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Sad songs say so much ... about us. (Unsplash/Tessa Rampersad)

  Crying as a result of listening to music is complex and personal, but most people consider it to be a pleasant experience — and one that’s more likely to happen late at night and when alone, new research has Read more…


Remaining calm might help you stay young. (Unsplash/Taylor Deas-Melesh)

  Emotional responses to stressors vary wildly between individuals, from complete apathy about a situation to blow-out tantrums. Beyond the immediate social benefits of having a measured response to an incident, those who have better control over their emotions might Read more…


Trust in the government seems linked to a more feminine personality. (AP Photo/Alexandru Dobre)

  People with “feminine” personalities are substantially more likely than their “nonfeminine” counterparts to trust the government, according to new research, suggesting that gender, not biological sex, could be a fundamental driver of many political attitudes and behaviors. In an Read more…


Ford, perceived as masculine, is in the less-preferred group.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  Consumers prefer “feminine” brand names like Nike and Coca-Cola to “masculine” ones like Gap and Ford, according to a series of studies just published in the world’s highest-ranked marketing journal. By analyzing real-life market data and conducting experiments using Read more…


Pandemic stress has been linked to PTSD. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

  The specific set of stressors brought by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic — including government lockdowns, unemployment fears and general concerns about catching the virus — may have caused a spike in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder around Read more…


Candidates who don't appear in their ads pay a price. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

  Political candidates who don’t appear in their campaign’s advertisements are able to “distance themselves” from the ad’s message, researchers say in a new study, potentially making it more difficult to hold politicians accountable for promises and attacks made during Read more…


A team of researchers sought to investigate the effects of narcissism and depression on behavioral responses to social defeat, which refers to hostile interactions within a group context, such as a game. (Photo by Sean Do on Unsplash)

  People with depression often face stereotypes that they lack motivation. But new research has found that depressed individuals are still as competitive in social settings such as video games as those without depression. In a study published in December in PLOS Read more…


Fighting corruption might help in the fight against plastic pollution. (Unsplash/Tanvi Sharma)

  A group of ecological economists have warned that the amount of plastic waste produced around the world each year is dangerously unsustainable — and called for governments to provide education and fight corruption in order to avert further disaster. Read more…


Stress and lack of sleep can exacerbate concussion aftereffects. Unsplash/Lily Banse

  Concussions and the health problems that can follow them have been a topic of concern for athletes of all ages, especially for college student athletes who have to balance their class load on top of their performance on the Read more…


Sexual harassment claims made by "prototypical" women are more likely to be believed. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  The rise of the #MeToo movement within the past few years shined a spotlight on the widespread issue of sexual harassment, which many women face in some capacity throughout their lives. But a study from the University of Washington Read more…

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