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The forced isolation of the pandemic has been hard on everyone, but some groups appear to have suffered more than others.
How does a Zoom call make you feel? How about the phone? In this time of extreme virtual connection, we are only beginning to understand how technology makes us feel.
Want to live to 100? A new book tells you how. No kale required.
They can't cancel friendship; times of crisis are when we need social bonds the most. We just have to be more creative about how to be there for each other.
Coding is not just for the engineer or math wiz. New research hints at the cognitive bases of learning computer programming and could make it more accessible.
Most of us respond emotionally to music, but there are a few people who don't. Studies of their brains are providing clues to how we process social reward.
Should friendships be a part of your New Year's resolutions? Here's why you should add this important relationship to your list.
You may not be as generous as you think. Even when helping others, studies show that we don't put in the same level of effort for other people as when we work for ourselves.
When something is too hard or too easy, we don't learn much from it. But there is a "sweet spot" of difficulty that promotes learning, and scientists have just identified it.
Why do some people live into their 90s while others don't make it to 70? A new study uncovered a tantalizing possibility that might eventually allow us to slow the aging process.
We assume people with a clear view of themselves are better off. A recent study suggests that a little self-delusion can be very helpful.
Extreme social isolation has long-term consequences for the adolescent brain. It might also hint at the effects of more common experiences, like bullying and feeling left out.
Depression is not a life sentence. Researchers have found people who achieve high levels of psychological well-being after depressive episodes.
Nature has established health benefits. Now a study examines just how much exposure to the outdoors it takes to achieve those benefits and boost health and wellbeing.
Concern over possible negative effects of social media has reached a fever pitch. But new research is reassuring and suggests we may be worrying about the wrong things.
To learn from others, babies evaluate the source. New research shows the role of brain synchrony and temperament and explains why sometimes babies just won't do what you want.
How does the brain learn from observing? New research reveals a specific set of neurons that simulate another individual's decisions.
Gazing into someone else's eyes is a powerful social signal. What is it that makes eye contact special? A new study suggests that it prepares the social brain to empathize.
A new study reveals why pain and difficulty sleeping often go hand in hand.
Faced with a risky decision? An unusual new study reveals the push and pull that takes place in the brain as you weigh your options.
The secret to healthy aging? A new study reveals the powerful, positive, and pervasive effects of filling life with people and activities that feel worthwhile.
Long-term goals like writing a book or running a marathon are hard to accomplish. But there are ways to tackle them that help you get where you want to go.
Do you fear social media is getting in the way of time with friends and family? A new study examined how people spend their time when they log off. The results were surprising.
Worried about getting sick this winter? Don't forget about the protective power of friendship.
Parenting is a joy, except for all the times it's not. If you are looking for a little more everyday happiness, a new book has practical ideas.
The teenage brain gets a bad rap, but it's not all about risk-taking. Emerging brain research shows the adolescent love of reward is good for learning and memory.
Does your mind feel clearer and your memory sharper after a workout? A new study explains how exercise changes the brain to improve your ability to remember new skills.
Worried about loneliness? It's critical to pay attention early and often to the close friends and family who move with you through life.
Have a lot in common with your friends? You might be surprised to learn just how deep the similarities go.
Being a mother or father means making big changes in behavior. For the first time, scientists have worked out the details of a brain-wide circuit for parenting.
Lydia Denworth is a science journalist and author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond.