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Why Our Eyes Give Away What We’re Feeling Inside

Why did we evolve eyes so that are expressive? It started as a universal reaction to environmental stimuli, new research suggests, and evolved to communicate emotion. For example, people in the study consistently associated narrowed eyes — which enhance our visual discrimination by blocking light and sharpening focus — with emotions related to discrimination, such […]

Why It’s So Hard To Ignore A Baby’s Cry, According To Science

Have you ever been sat on a flight with a crying baby in your vicinity, wondering more and more with each successive wail how much longer you can stand the sound? Or maybe you’ve been a parent, barely able to resist for a second before running to soothe your precious infant’s ear-piercing distress? Most of […]

Why You Shouldn’t Want To Always Be Happy

In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the center of psychology research and theory. It continued a trend that began in the 1960s with humanistic and existential psychology, which emphasized the importance of reaching one’s innate potential and creating meaning […]