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I Need a Baseball Team


From the ages of 11 to 15, I knew everything about sports. On school days, I woke up half an hour early to listen to my favorite sports radio show (with a speaker…


Jolie’s Mastectomy: Celebrities Serve as Medical Role Models

Researchers found Nancy Reagan’s decision to have a breast removed influenced the choices of American…


Sports No Longer Last Bastion of Homophobia

The NBA’s Jason Collins’ revelation of his homosexuality may seem revolutionary, but in fact it’s the culmination of a…


Millennials: A Generation With Unrealistic Expectations

A survey of high-school students that graduated between 2005 and 2007 finds a disconnect between a desire for…


Fame, Once Established, Is Not Fleeting

New research finds that celebrity status is surprisingly stable over time.


Making (Cheap, Monotonous) Online Work More Meaningful

New research suggests people doing piecemeal work online keep at it longer if the task is seen as significant.


Would You Give Up 9 Months of Your Life for Professional Prestige?


What would you give for a tangible achievement that carries enormous professional prestige?


Background Music Reduces Playground Bullying


Can music soothe the savage sixth grader? Perhaps, according to a first-of-its-kind study from Israel, which finds that gentle melodies may…


Emotional Reactions of Atheists May Reveal Echoes of Belief


The heads and hearts of atheists may not be on precisely the same page. That’s the implication of recently published


Genetic Evidence of Yoga’s Impact on the Immune System


If we’re finished obsessing about yoga jeans, perhaps it’s time to think about yoga and genes.


The Price of Fame for Performers and Athletes: Shorter Lives


Do famous, successful people live longer lives? New research suggests the answer depends upon how they achieved their fame…


Help Others to Help Yourself: High School Students Benefit From Volunteer Work


Let’s perform a little parental thought experiment. Your daughter (or son) is in her senior year of…


Could Sober Eyewitnesses Be Less Reliable Than Intoxicated Ones?


Members of the jury: Surely you can’t believe that witness who says he saw my client fleeing the scene of the crime…


Across Cultures, Music Therapy Promotes Sounder Sleep


Music does more than soothe the savage beast. It also provides relief for the irritated insomniac.


For Children, TV Commercials Are a Catalyst to Materialism


Concerned that your kids are becoming overly materialistic? Suspicious that their acquisitiveness has something to do with…


Anxiety, Depression High Among Young Heavy Metal Fans


How would you characterize adolescents who listen to heavy metal music? Angry? Perhaps prone to violence?


Why Is He Oblivious to Her Emotions?


Ladies: Do you often feel misunderstood by men? Do they fail to pick up on fairly obvious nonverbal signals, such as expressions of fear or disgust…

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