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75 Great Psychology Articles

Interesting psychology articles from around the web – 75 great articles about psychology -- A list of the best articles on psychology

Evolutionary psychology

Restless Genes by David Dobbs

The compulsion to see what lies beyond that far ridge or that ocean is a defining part of human identity and success.

The Social Life of Genes by David Dobbs

Inside the new social science of genetics

Hunters of Myths by Maria Konnikova

Why Our Brains Love Origins

Must Dog Eat Dog? by Susan McCarthy

After preaching that humans live by animal laws of aggression and selfishness, evolutionary psychologists are finding the animal kingdom is not as brutal as they imagined.

Beautiful Brains by David Dobbs

Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults.

The Senses

The Blind Man Who Learned To See by Michael Finkel

A fascinating profile of a man who is helping other blind people to see using echolocation.

Mixed Feelings by Sunny Bains

How researchers and technology can hack our senses to create completely new ways of experiencing the world

Master of Illusion by Ed Yong

How a neuroscientist from Stockholm can use mannequins, rubber arms and virtual reality to transport you outside your own body

Sense and Sensitivity by Andrea Bartz

Is it possible that some people’s senses are more acute than others, and that are our attitudes towards sensitivity are misguided?

The Possibilian by Burkhard Bilger

How the subtlest shift in perception can create whole a new way of seeing the world.

Double Vision by Lawrence Weschler

A classic article about a pair of twins whose art unlocks the secrets of perception.

Body Language

The Naked Face by Malcolm Gladwell

The window to your soul may be easier to unlock than you ever thought possible.

The Art of the Handshake by Tom Chiarella

A perfunctory gesture? Hardly. It defines the exchange. A hands-on study of a subtle craft."

The Invisible Grip by Tom Chiarella

Maintaining eye contact feels awkward, even creepy. At first. Then it just feels powerful.

Short Guys Finish Last by Jonathan Rauch

The bias against short men hurts them. It is unfair. It is irrational. So why is it not taken seriously? A serious question: especially if you happen to be short.

The Psychology of Society

What is the Monkeysphere? by David Wong

What can monkeys teach us about crime, racism and even spam?

Are Your Friends Making You Fat? by Clive Thompson

Could behaviour be contagious?

We Aren’t the World by Ethan Watters

Why the people we study may be giving us a skewed picture of how our minds work

The Social Cell by Daniel Dennett

What do debutante balls, the Japanese tea ceremony, Ponzi schemes and doubting clergy all have in common?

Why We're Sometimes Kind Without Reason
by Charles Montgomery

Our brains are constantly, subtly being primed in fascinating ways by our physical surroundings.


Can You Make Yourself Smarter? by Dan Hurley

How a simple game could increase something as profound as fluid intelligence?

TV Makes You Smarter by Steven Johnson

How increasingly sophisticated TV programming may be driving up our IQs.

Being Wrong

The King of Human Error by Daniel Kahneman

Amos Tversky and the built-in kinks in human reasoning.

The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight by David McRaney

You are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others.

The Sunk Cost Fallacy by David McRaney

Your decisions are tainted by the emotional investments you accumulate, and the more you invest in something the harder it becomes to abandon it.


The Art of Failure by Malcolm Gladwell

Why some people choke and others panic.

The Tight Collar by David Dobbs

The New Science of Choking Under Pressure

The Psychology of Money

Our Last Great Taboo by Po Bronson

I have a gift. I didn't make people go weird around money.

The Real Truth About Money by Gregg Easterbrook

No matter how you chart the trends in earning and spending, everything is up, up, up. But if you made a chart of American happiness since the end of World War II, the lines would be as flat as a marble tabletop.

Doing Nothing

Good and Bad Procrastination by Paul Graham

The most impressive people I know are all procrastinators.

Waiting versus Idleness by Venkat Rao

When you waste your own time, it’s called idleness. When others waste your time, it’s called waiting. I enjoy idleness. I don’t like waiting.

Later by James Surowiecki

What does procrastination tell us about ourselves?

Minding the Gaps by Melissa Healy

Go ahead and let your thoughts wander: An ‘idle’ brain may be the self’s workshop.

Procrastination by David McRaney

Procrastination is fuelled by weakness in the face of impulse and a failure to think about thinking.

Zoning Out by Carl Zimmer

This one pretty much does what it says on the tin.

The Virtues of Daydreaming by Jonah Lehrer

Okay, so it’s not exactly doing nothing, but close enough.


What Kind of Genius Are You? by Daniel H. Pink

A new theory suggests that creativity comes in two distinct types – quick and dramatic, or careful and quiet.

The Science of Success by David Dobbs

The double-edged sword of extraordinary mental potential.

The Myth of Prodigy by Eric Wargo

Putting the idea of inborn genius into question.

How Geniuses Think by Michael Michalko

What characterizes the thinking strategies of the Einsteins, Edisons, daVincis, Darwins, Picassos, Michelangelos, Galileos, Freuds, and Mozarts of history?

The Physical Genius by Malcolm Gladwell

What do Wayne Gretsky, Yo-Yo Ma, and a brain surgeon named Charlie Wilson have in common?

Late Bloomers by Malcolm Gladwell

Why do we equate genius with precocity?

Complexity and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule by Malcolm Gladwell

The closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play


Total Isolation

Experiments in sensory deprivation

The Heist

Can conditioning and persuasion be used to make an ordinary person commit armed robbery?

The Assassin

Is it possible to use hypnotism to transform an innocent victim into a killer, and make him forget it ever happend?

The Guilt Trip

The Guilt Trip - How easy is it to use feelings of guilt to make someone confess to a crime they didn’t commit?

Why Do We Talk?

A fascinating exploartion of the mechanics of language

What's the problem with Nudity?

A group of brave volunteers spends a weekend naked in the name of science Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Do You See What I See

A surprsing look at the way we perceive colour Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Is Seeing Believing?

A journey through the weird and wonderful world of optical illusions