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Spoiler Alert! The Psychology Of Surprise Endings

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Creating God

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Thomas Jefferson owned hundreds of slaves, yet he also wrote that "all men are created equal." How did he square the contradictions between his values and his everyday life? ericfoltz/Getty Images hide caption

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A Founding Contradiction: Thomas Jefferson's Stance On Slavery

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Would you eat a cricket? Parth Shah hide caption

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Yum and Yuck: The Psychology Of What We Eat...And What We Spit Out

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Radio Replay: Bringing Up Baby

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Nature, Nurture, And Our Evolving Debates About Gender

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How Can Schools Better Persuade Students To Show Up For Class?

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Zipcode Destiny: The Persistent Power Of Place And Education

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Sounds Like A Winner: What Voices Have To Do With Politics

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Social Stigma Is One Reason The Opioid Crisis Is Hard To Confront

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Life, Death And The Lazarus Drug: Confronting America's Opioid Crisis

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Can A Child Be Raised Free Of Gender Stereotypes? This Family Tried

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Voting With A Middle Finger: Two Views On The White Working Class

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What role does biology play in our politics? More than you might think, according to political scientist John Hibbing. Angela Hsieh hide caption

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Nature, Nurture And Your Politics

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Too Little, Too Much: How Poverty and Wealth Affect Our Minds

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In a study conducted by psychologist Jennifer Bosson, some men reported that ordering a drink with a cocktail umbrella felt like a gender violation. Parth Shah hide caption

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'Man Up': How A Fear Of Appearing Feminine Restricts Men, And Affects Us All

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Jana Mestecky (left) poses for a cast photo during production of the play Des rats et des hommes, directed by Israel Horovitz (front, third from left). The photo appeared in the French magazine, L'Avant-Scène, Courtesy of Jana Mestecky hide caption

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The Psychological Forces Behind A Cultural Reckoning: Understanding #MeToo

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Think you can get away with fewer than eight hours of sleep per night? Neuroscientist Matthew Walker says, think again. Sophie Blackall/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Radio Replay: Eyes Wide Open

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Researchers Explore Gender Disparities In The Art World

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Why are some warnings heard, while others are ignored? Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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The Cassandra Curse: Why We Heed Some Warnings, And Ignore Others

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Researchers say there's growing evidence that nature has a powerful effect on us, improving both our physical and psychological health. Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Our Better Nature: How The Great Outdoors Can Improve Your Life

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