British People Are Consistently Dour, Survey Suggests

Since this item comes to us trippingly off of the tongue of the Daily Mail, feel free to take it with as many grains of salt as you think is wise given your hypertension, but a new survey of 20,000 cloudy-browed Britons and sunny-side-up Americans has found that Americans are really friendly and optimistic, while… » 6/22/13 3:30pm 6/22/13 3:30pm

Literature Trends Show That No One Wants to Feel Anything But Scared

You know that feeling you get when you are reading a book and the language is so emotive and beautiful that it makes you want to break down and weep? Unless you're a fan of the classics, probably not. A new study out of the Universities of Bristol, Sheffield, and Durham shows that literature over the past 100 years… » 3/21/13 12:25pm 3/21/13 12:25pm

Cry Your Way to the Top, Ladies

During a speech to Harvard Business School, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told the gathered aspiring magnates that part of her success can be attributed to ... crying at work. Record scratch sound! What?! » 5/29/12 6:45pm 5/29/12 6:45pm

Even Tiny Tots Show Signs of Addictive Personalities

Chances are you wouldn't look at a three-year-old running around with their friends and think, "That kid's definitely going to grow up to have a serious gambling addiction" or "Boy, is she ever headed for a drug problem." And yet a new study has shown that children's behavior at that age can offer real clues about… » 4/27/12 2:00pm 4/27/12 2:00pm

Baseball Reveals Women Get Sad, Men Get Angry

A new study suggests that people think anger is for dudes and sadness is for ladies — so much so that they sometimes think a sad person is a lady, even if that person's gender isn't apparent. » 3/07/11 1:02pm 3/07/11 1:02pm

When Did You Start Caring What Other People Thought?

Brain scans of teenage girls suggest something likely to hit home for many women — as they get older, they may have more emotional investment in how other people see them. » 7/15/09 2:30pm 7/15/09 2:30pm