The following is an excerpt from Adam Alter's new book Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, available on Amazon.
This is your brain on stress
A new study contradicts the common assumption that emotion-based facial expressions are recognized across cultures.
A study comparing mood-related words in U.S. and British books shows that Americans increasingly use emotional words more often.
Will we grow babies outside their mothers' bodies?
Brain damage has unleashed extraordinary talents in a small group of otherwise ordinary individuals. Will science find a way for everyone to tap their inner virtuoso?
With the help of a psychology professor and a Pixar illustrator, Facebook is trying to make our messages a little more emotional.
What you look like and other hereditary traits depend as much on the amount of proteins your genes produce as anything else.
If you cheat on your spouse, you can't yet plead biochemistry in divorce court. But rodent-brain research sheds light on why some lovers stay, some stray.
Time is relative
Genetic expression differed based solely on whether the same feed ingredients were cultivated organically or not
A study on an Italian beach turns up interesting results
And awkwardly outline the taboo zones
When David Hanson set out to build a robotic head, he saw no reason not to make it look just like a human. Then he stumbled into the Uncanny Valley.
Unlike the commonly deployed social smile, distressed expressions-anger, fear, sadness, and occasionally surprise-prove much more difficult to display on command.
Shouldn't we feel sorry for the victims of painful physical humor?
Our brains are wired to build walls, but we do our best work when we knock them down.
What language you hear growing up--Arabic and Slovenian are especially good--affects how you learn to count.
Take a look in a book.
Vino without veritas