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How Hard Is It to Catch a Fake Passport?

Imagine that you are a bouncer, checking IDs outside a popular bar in a college town. It is somewhat dark outside the door, there are many distractions: loud music is playing and your job requires you to also keep an eye on the crowd for trouble.

March 24, 2014 — Megan Papesh

Coincidences Reflect a Rational Mind

While we can all agree coincidences have fascinated scholars and lay people alike, what they mean divides us into one of two camps: skeptics or believers.

March 19, 2014 — Magda Osman
Self-Controlled Crows Ace the Marshmallow Test

Self-Controlled Crows Ace the Marshmallow Test

Are four treats better than two? Not if you're a crow picking a favorite snack. Crows and ravens hold off on gobbling a tidbit when they can see a better one coming after a short wait.

March 10, 2014 — Jyoti Madhusoodanan
Why We Are Not Getting Enough Sleep

Why We Are Not Getting Enough Sleep

Glorious, refreshing sleep is eluding the majority of Americans. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s2013 International Bedroom Poll 56 percent of people between the ages of 25 and 55 get an insufficient amount of sleep on workdays.

February 11, 2014 — Caitlin Kirkwood
Superbowl Psychology: 4 Ways Youand Your FriendsWill React to the Big Game

Superbowl Psychology: 4 Ways Youand Your FriendsWill React to the Big Game

Though you may not know it, when you watch the Super Bowl on Sundayespecially if you actually watch the game and not just the commercials you’ll likely be engaging in a lot of what psychological scientists call counterfactual thinking: thoughts about “what might have been,” “at least,” and “if only.” Research on counterfactual thought explains [...]

January 31, 2014 — Amy Summerville

To Patch a Visual Gap, Turn that Text Around

Reader, be proud. Youre a perceptual expert. As you read, your eyes alternately focus and move along each line of text in a seamless sequence honed over years of practice.

January 30, 2014 — Molly Sharlach
Chimps Will Share Their Lunchbut Only If They Like You

Chimps Will Share Their Lunchbut Only If They Like You

Chimpanzees have a lot to gain from climbing the social ladder. It now appears that lower-ranking male chimps strengthen bonds with their friends in high places by alerting them to some good eats.

December 20, 2013 — Cynthia McKelvey

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