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Q&A: What Causes Happy Tears?

Q&A: What Causes Happy Tears?

People have accepted tears of joy as commonplace for years, but Yale postdoctoral associate Oriana Aragón seeks to understand the science behind them.

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Old Age, Ill Health: The increasing negativity of age stereotypes

Old Age, Ill Health: The increasing negativity of age stereotypes

Yale researchers have discovered that societal perception of the elderly has become increasingly negative over time. This trend could adversely affect the health of the older generation.

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Mapping Perception of Groups

Mapping Perception of Groups

With government and corporations controlling the many aspects of our lives, it’s important to understand how we perceive groups. Professor Joshua Knobe’s latest research attempts to illuminate how we attribute mentalities to group agents in comparison to individuals.

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Why bother getting along:  Professor David Rand explores the motives behind human cooperation

Why bother getting along: Professor David Rand explores the motives behind human cooperation

Drawing from ideas sociology, psychology, economics, and biology, and utilizing tools from applied mathematics and computer science, Professor David Rand studies the basis of why organisms cooperate. The Yale Scientific Magazine speaks with Professor Rand to find out how he works, his other interests, and more.

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Deadly Euphoria

Deadly Euphoria

For opioid addicts, it’s all too tempting to give the drug one more try. A heroin euphoria—temporary warmth, dulled senses, painlessness—slips away after 10 or 15 minutes, abandoning the addict to several days of withdrawal symptoms that could fade with the easy pleasure of one more dose.

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Mythbusters: The Cam Jansen Effect

Mythbusters: The Cam Jansen Effect

Many people wish they had the memory of fictional detective Cam Jansen, who can remember scenes so vividly and so accurately, it is as if she is looking at a photograph. As amazing as this ability is in helping Cam Jansen solve mysteries, evidence suggests that it is not possible in real life.

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Protecting the Nonhuman from the Inhumane: Personhood and Chimpanzees

Protecting the Nonhuman from the Inhumane: Personhood and Chimpanzees

Recently, the Nonhuman Rights Project fought for legal personhood for a 26 year-old chimpanzee named Tommy. The case relates to current research on primate genetics, cognition, and emotion.

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Shading, Texture, and Color: How the Brain Makes Sense of Shape and Substance

Shading, Texture, and Color: How the Brain Makes Sense of Shape and Substance

The world is a beautiful mess of visual information. Yale Professor Steven Zucker and his research group recently announced findings that unite mathematics, neurobiology, and psychology to make sense of how the brain makes sense of it all.

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88.1 cartoon: Mysteries of the Mind

88.1 cartoon: Mysteries of the Mind

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Life On Pause: The Scary Truth About Internet Gaming Disorder

Life On Pause: The Scary Truth About Internet Gaming Disorder

Have you ever played a video game for a little longer than you intended? Did you crave to play again soon after? Internet Gaming Disorder is the newest form of addiction troubling the youth around the world, and you just might have it.

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