Facebook and Unhappiness Explained

For all the time we spend on Facebook, is it really making us any happier? A team of researchers at the University of Houston set out to better understand our psychological connection to the social network by tracking the behavior of Southwestern University students as they scrolled through their timelines. The new study—which appears in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology—reveals that, due to …

The Psychology of Color Pencil Set

From adventure to ambiguity, this creative tool kit from The School of Life will get you thinking—and drawing

Insisting that not only children should relish the joy that is a box of sharp color pencils, The School of Life has released a lovely set—albeit a somewhat grown-up version. The 12-piece The Psychology of Color pencil set spans the regular hues, but instead of being labeled with the brand or the color name, each is emblazoned with a deeper and more thought-provoking word. Each …

Laurel Braitman Reads Pets’ Minds

The author of "Animal Madness" explores the psychology of animals and explains how they are just as much individuals as humans are

Senior TED fellow and science historian Laurel Braitman delivered one of the most engaging talks at TED’s 2014 conference. Her topic? Animal psychology and the emotional spectrum of pets. Braitman has studied the history of science for years—most recently as a PhD student at MIT—and through that lens, atop years of research with domestic animals, she uncovers insight into their emotions, how they affect our …