Psychology

I am head over heels in love but my cynical friends keep telling me that love is nothing but a cocktail of pheromones, dopamine and oxytocin, and that these wear off after a couple of years. The thought scares me, it makes the whole thing seem meaningless. Is love really just brain chemistry? Jo, London… Read more

In some cases, people will tell a lie in order to appear more honest, new research indicates. The result shows evidence that highly favorable circumstances can prompt people to fudge the truth, even at personal monetary cost. “We know that people lie to be nice to other people; that’s something people find to be acceptable… Read more

When it comes to entertainment, people enjoy seeing bad guys get their punishment more than seeing them be forgiven, a new study from Ohio State University indicates. But even though they don’t enjoy the forgiveness stories as much, people do find these narratives more meaningful and thought-provoking than ones in which the bad guys receive… Read more

On the Puerto Rican island of Cayo Santiago, it’s the monkeys, not the humans, who are in charge. Yet this palm-fringed haven — home to about 1,000 rhesus macaques — can feel strangely similar to a weekend watering hole or middle-school cafeteria. Among these gregarious macaques, cliques, best-friend pairs, and social climbers are all much… Read more

People often look like they are sleeping just after dying, having a neutral facial expression. But one of my relatives, who had intense pain the hours leading up to his death and lacked access to medical care, had a radiant, ecstatic expression. For decades, I have wondered whether the last minutes of life can be… Read more