The Origin of Us: Campfires As The Bedrock of Human Civilization

If you want to understand who we are as human beings, a good question to ask yourself is “Where did we come from?” And to begin to find an answer to this big and daunting question, it’s helpful to discover … Continue reading

Body Language Is More Revealing Than Words: How to Read People More Clearly

Our bodies can often be more honest than our words when it comes to communicating our thoughts, feelings, and intentions. When we choose what to say, we’re often using the executive parts of our brains (the “neocortex”). This part of … Continue reading

What Great Apes Teach Us About Emotions, Morality, and Civilization

As civilized humans, we don’t often like to think of ourselves as animals, but that is exactly what we are. When it comes to the great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans), we share over 90 percent of our genes … Continue reading

More Than Love at First Sight: We Grow to Love People for Their Quirks

One of the oldest questions in psychology is, “What causes two people to fall in love?” In general, there are many different factors that can influence whether or not we are attracted to someone, but social psychologists and evolutionary psychologists … Continue reading

7 Ideas in Psychology That Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

Over the course of human history our collective knowledge is continuously changing shape and growing. We know more today than we did 100 years ago, and we knew more 100 years ago than we did 1,000 years ago. From generation … Continue reading