On the Puerto Rican island of Cayo Santiago, it’s the monkeys, not the humans, who are in charge. Yet this palm-fringed haven β€” home to about 1,000 rhesus macaques β€” 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

Are younger adults who cultivate numerous connections with friends, families, and acquaintances through online social networks any happier than older adults who have smaller circles of face-to-face relationships? The answer may be no, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Quality social relationships boost well-being and may be as important to people under… Read more

The brain activity patterns found in your friends’ brains when they consider your personality traits may be remarkably similar to what is found in your’s when you think of yourself, a new study suggests[1]. Those same friends will have a different brain activity pattern when they think of someone else in your group β€” and… Read more

People who took part actively in social pursuits, for example spending more time with friends and family, ended up being more satisfied, a new study reports. The finding shows that not all pursuits of happiness are equally successful. “Our research showed that people who came up with ‘well-being’ strategies that involved other people were more… Read more

Recent headlines can make it seem like big data is taking over the world. The term is still evolving, but it basically refers to large amounts of information that are difficult to process in traditional ways. While the concept is usually discussed in business settings, it can be applied to any aspects of your life… Read more