Looking at buildings designed for purposes of contemplation—like museums, churches, and libraries—may have positive measurable effects on mental state.
In a new study, researchers were able to induce people to feel a presence behind them using a robot, which has implications for understanding schizophrenia and consciousness itself.
Why quaffing energy-drink cocktails may be riskier than sticking to booze alone
Talking behind other people's backs may not always be nice, but sometimes it can help promote cooperation and self-improvement.
In the U.S., well-being tends to be highest in a person's earliest and latest years. But elsewhere, new research shows, quality of life follows a very different pattern.
Some experts think the problem is how doctors and society treat people who hear things, not the voices themselves.
The growing science on how a body imbued with meaning becomes physically healthier
Why, throughout human history, have people been so drawn to fiction?
Don't blame the candy-induced sugar highs. Blame psychology.
Why we're more afraid of sharks than car accidents, and of Ebola than flu
In a study about the sources of spiritual belief, researchers investigated the role of "affective and cognitive empathy," or the ability to figure out what other people are feeling and thinking.
Why people still find Dr. Frankenstein and company so unsettling—and what that reveals about the public's relationship to science
For hundreds of years, people with mental illnesses have tried to visit the president—with many ending up in the same Washington hospital.
Sleep deprivation can take a heavy mental toll.
The Knick finale reveals how little we used to know about how the brain works. There's still a lot we haven't figured out.
When seniors were led to subconsciously absorb positive stereotypes about old age, their physical health improved along with their self-esteem.
Why do so many people avoid taking medical tests?
The cognitive benefits of multilingualism
Positive thinking can hinder more than it helps by zapping people's motivation to work toward their goals.
Two new studies suggest that extraordinary adventures are overrated—unless you have them with someone else.