Quick creativity test

There's a quick but reliable test that can measure a person’s creativity from single spoken words.

Moral in the morning, but dishonest in the afternoon

Our ability to exhibit self-control to avoid cheating or lying is significantly reduced over the course of a day, making us more likely to be dishonest in the afternoon than in the morning, according to findings published in Psychological Science.

Schadenfreude – it’s biological

The researchers found that people are actually biologically responsive to taking pleasure in the pain of others, a reaction known as "Schadenfreude." By measuring the electrical activity of cheek muscles, the researchers show that people smile more when someone they envy experiences misfortune or discomfort.

People are more attractive when in a group

This phenomenon — first dubbed the “cheerleader effect” by ladykiller Barney Stinson on the popular TV show How I Met Your Mother — suggests that having a few friends around might be an easy way to boost perceived attractiveness.

Sleep clears the brain – but how?

A mouse study suggests that sleep helps restore the brain by flushing out toxins that build up during waking hours. The results point to a potential new role for sleep in health and disease.

Washing our hands makes us feel better

Test subjects who washed their hands after a task were more optimistic than those who did not wash their hands, but it hampered their future performance in the same task.