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How to Avoid Regret in Your Social Life

By Sara E. Andrews | May 22, 2017

New research suggests that trying to maximize the benefits from your friendships may actually be bad for your well-being.


Past Stories

Is guilt good?

By Alex Dixon | September 1, 2007

Happiness in Flux

By Christi Chidester | September 1, 2007

What Makes a Rescuer

By Christi Chidester | September 1, 2007

The State of Marriage

By Jeremy Adam Smith | September 1, 2007

Taxation without Vexation

By Jason Marsh | June 19, 2007

The Path to Forgiveness

By Nalini Padmanabhan | June 1, 2007

The Circle of Security

By Daniel Goleman | June 1, 2007

New programs help at-risk parents tune in to what their children really need.


Green With Empathy

By Shannon McIntyre | June 1, 2007

The Quiet Diet

By Julia Barzik | June 1, 2007

The Power of One

By Naazneen Barma | June 1, 2007

By the Numbers

By Jason Marsh | June 1, 2007

What's good on TV?

The robot Kismet expresses (clockwise from bottom left) fear, anger, and surprise.

Can Robots Feel Your Pain?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 1, 2007

Not yet, but empathic androids are the next wave in robotics.


Body Language

By Dacher Keltner | June 1, 2007

Dacher Keltner reveals the science behind everyday gestures


Social Exclusion Decreases Prosocial Behavior

By Shannon McIntyre | March 13, 2007

Hurricane Katrina and the Protestant Work Ethic

By Nalini Padmanabhan | March 11, 2007

Early Parenthood and Politics Don’t Mix

By Naazneen Barma | February 26, 2007

Explaining Environmental Concern

By Nalini Padmanabhan | February 22, 2007

Maslow’s Theory Revisited

By Shannon McIntyre | February 16, 2007

The Influence of Dreams

By Julia Barzik | February 12, 2007

Marriage, No Marriage and Happy Marriage

By Erendira Rueda | January 30, 2007

The Biology of Empathy

By Mario Aceves | September 1, 2006

Join the Club

By Naazneen Barma | September 1, 2006

A Focusing Illusion

By Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk | September 1, 2006

Everyday Achievements

By Matthew Wheeland | September 1, 2006

What’s the key to academic success for kids struggling in school, especially those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds?


Sacrificial Rights (and Wrongs)

By Neera Mehta | March 1, 2006

Notes on Peace Camp

By Michelle Flythe | March 1, 2006
An example of pairs of photographs used by researchers in their study of racial preference

Staring Prejudice in the Face

By Rebecca Rialon | March 1, 2006

No Quick Fix for Happiness

By Laura Saslow | March 1, 2006

Little Helpers

By Jenn Director Knudsen | March 1, 2006

Think toddlers are simply self-centered whirling dervishes, capable only of making a mess, waiting to be cared for and picked up after? Think again.


A Test of Trust

By Michelle Flythe | September 1, 2005

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