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A new study proved that “internet trolls” are just as terrible offline as they are online. The study focused on online harassment behavior as it could be traced to personality characteristics in “real life.” Slate gave us a run down of the characteristics the researchers were measuring: The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the […]

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According to a pile of research reviewed by Mother Jones, “60 percent of smartphone-using professionals kept in touch with work for a full 13.5 hours per day” in 2012, then spent 5 hours answering work emails on the weekend. 68% check work email before 8am, 50% do it in bed, 38% do it at the dinner […]

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A study conducted by the U.K.’s University of Westminster confirms that all you longhaired, headbanging fans of heavy metal music are just a bunch of depressed misfits with no respect for authority. From PopSci: Somewhat predictably, heavy metal fans were more likely to be male, to dislike authority, and to feel a need to be unique. […]

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Modern solutions for an existential crisis range from cognitive psychotherapy to the Church of Scientology to leaving your family to join a polyamorous commune that specializes in human poop fertilization. But now there’s a cheaper, less drastic treatment for that crushing awareness of your impending death — and it’s probably sitting in your medicine cabinet. […]

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Ask anyone who has groggily awoken in the sweaty arms of someone who looks like this — beer goggles are no joke. Even science says so. That booze inflates our own egos isn’t breaking news either — hence those painfully incoherent rants about your boring-ass job that, in the moment, make you feel like the most fascinating person […]

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Our ability to read into the emotions of others through body language — sometimes more accurately than through their words — is one of those psychological phenomenons that makes humans awesome. But could a computer do it better than a flesh-and-blood psychiatrist? The digital program SimSensei tries: It monitors users’ subtle body language and facial […]

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There’s a reason for clichéd emo-metaphors like “she broke my heart,” “he burned me,” and “she stabbed me in the back,” says the New Scientist, compiling several recent studies to show you that shit hurts. Literally. Rejection and betrayal fire up the same neural pathways activated by bruises and burns. When one begins to feel isolated, there’s […]

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Ahh, sweet vindication! According to recent studies, if you ambush a night owl at their “least optimal time of day,” say 8am after a late late night, and then make ’em do brain teasers, they’re going to be significantly more effective than normal. But wait, there’s more! If they’re just the right amount of drunk, […]

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The trailer for David Cronenberg’s most recent film A Dangerous Method has arrived… with Freud on Jung on horny, crazy girl that needs to be spanked into sanity drama. […]

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