Psychology and the Mind
The mind has fascinated and mystified humans for millennia. Delve into the science behind the brain with these works on philosophy, foundational psychology, and scientific studies.
Why Do People Follow The Crowd?
ABC's Primetime recreated two social experiments to understand why humans readily conform.
Why Are We Obsessed With Superheroes?
"Over the years, superheroes have morphed to fit our social needs of the time," writes David Wright.
When Good People Do Bad Things
An experiment by a cognitive neuroscientist helps us understand the science behind mob brutality.
Can a Devastating Shark Attack Really Lead to a Better Life?
A psychologist explores the way Bethany Hamilton, a surfer and shark attack survivor, managed to overcome her trauma.
A Teen and A Trolley Reveal Society's Dark Side
A high school senior's social science experiment reveals society's ugly hidden biases.
Stress for Success
Alison Pearce Stevens
Many view stress as a burden, but it can also be a useful emotion.
Fear Prompts Teens to Act Impulsively
Why do teens have a reputation for rebellion? Neuroscience might have the answer.
The Distracted Teenage Brain
Alison Pearce Stevens
A 2014 study reveals that teenage brains are more likely to be driven — and distracted — by rewards than adults'.
The Bright Side of Sadness
Science News looks at recent studies suggesting that negative emotions might have some positive benefits.
Maybe Mean Girls' Mental Games Have a Purpose
New studies focusing on aggression in females shed light on stereotypes and realities for women.
Freud's Theory of the Id, Ego, and Superego
This famous theory of the structural model of the human psyche posits that humans are controlled by their unconscious mind.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Psychologist Abraham Maslow suggested that human beings are driven by a progression of universal needs.
You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience
According to a study published in Psychological Science, when we spend money on experiences rather than materials, it can indeed bring people joy.
Human or Machine? A.I. Experts Reportedly Pass The 'Turing Test'
In 2014, a chatbot named Eugene Goostman fooled a third of human testers into believing it was a real human.
Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success
A recent study shows that children who demonstrate more ‘pro-social’ skills – those who share more and who are better listeners – are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.
Life After Sport
After retirement, high performance athletes are at risk for depression and loss of self-identity. What can be done to overcome this challenge?
Different types of coping mechanisms can be used to deal with stress, which can yield both positive and negative results.
High Court Reviews Insanity-Defense Case
This news report discusses whether the court will accept the “insanity defense” when a schizophrenic man shoots an officer.
Allegory of the Cave
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a piece of philosophy explaining the importance of knowledge in society and for the human soul.