Identifying the Genes That Influence How We Interact With Others
Scientists are studying people afflicted with Williams syndrome to figure out the biological basis for our behaviors.
Spending Time in Nature Produces Better Behaved Students
New research finds third-graders are more attentive after experiencing a class taught on the lawn.
Seeing Yourself as Lazy is Hazardous to Your Health
People who perceive themselves as less active than their peers are at greater risk of death—whether they're accurate or not.
Perhaps We're More Self-Centered Because We're Lonely
New research finds the two traits are mutually reinforcing.
Does a Cold Courtroom Result in Murder Convictions?
The ambient temperature of a courtroom could change the way people perceive crimes—which, in turn, could affect sentencing.
The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: David Stillwell, 28, Psychometrics
For the month of April we're profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.
Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Be Used to Help At-Risk Boys?
If existing behavioral programs aren’t working, can therapeutic sessions with a dog help kids who have problems at school?
Did Stanley Milgram's Famous Obedience Experiments Prove Anything?
Stanley Milgram's test subjects were not the only ones misled by his famous experiments on obedience.
Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World
Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.