Psychology

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This Guy Knows Why People 'Unfriend' You on Facebook

It's probably either because you're an opinionated loudmouth or just boring.

The Amazing Things You Can Learn From a Virtual City

This new tool can help us understand how people respond to urban spaces before they're built.

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Living in a Wealthy Neighborhood Might Make You More Materialistic

Keeping up with the Joneses could be quite the harmful habit.

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How to Make Waiting for the Bus Feel Much, Much Shorter

Transit users often feel like they're waiting about 50 percent longer than they actually are.

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How to Make Cities Happier Places

It's (relatively) easy: Add green space.

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Should Distracted Cycling Be Banned?

As bicycling gains in popularity, more cities will have to confront the question.

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Americans Are Terrible at Estimating Income Inequality

In some surprising ways.

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How to Design a Happier City

Charles Montgomery's new book finds the intersection of urban policy and well-being.

Our Memories Are Geo-Tagged

New research shows that the brain's "place cells" fire when we recall an event.

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Why Correcting Misperceptions About Mass Transit May Be More Important Than Improving Service

Attitudes toward public transportation and concerns about safety have a huge influence over whether or not a person rides.

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How Your Mode of Travel Shapes Your Mental Map

Active travelers like walkers have a more complete sense of space than passive ones.

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The Myers Briggs States of America

Northeasterners are neurotic, West Coasters are laid back, and more empirical data on America's psychological geography.

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The People Who Need 'Texting Zones' on Highways Most Are Also Least Likely to Use Them

Research shows that people consistently overestimate how good they are at multitasking.

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A Fantastically Clear, Concise Explanation of Why Traffic Happens

Tom Vanderbilt on how human behavior makes congestion worse than it needs to be.

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Living Near Good Transit May Make You Happier

A great subway or light rail line can actually lift your mood.

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Science Explains Why It's So Easy to Hate 'Painter of Light' Thomas Kinkade

Inside a team of researchers' quest to see what happens to people when they're exposed repeatedly to Kinkade's saccharine artworks.

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How Memory Alters Our Perception of Place

The curious results of walking tours in New York, Berlin and Mumbai.

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Why Mega-Projects Always End Up Costing More Than Expected

And how the part-political, part-psychological problem can be avoided.

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Now We Can Actually Count and Track the 'Familiar Strangers' in Our Lives

That person you often see on the bus? Scientists are pinpointing exactly how often you're running into them.