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This Is Why It's So Hard to Sound Normal When You're Nervous

It’s common to flub your words when you’re feeling awkward.
Nick Keppler
5 days ago
body
body

Evolution Might Be Part of the Reason You Suck at Singing

Human skill with the voice evolved after our ancestors split from other apes.
Michel Belyk
Joseph F. Johnson
Sonja A. Kotz
5.9.18
mind
mind

Gossip May Have Played a Role in Human Survival

This could explain why talking behind someone’s back feels so good.
Jessica Dore
5.2.18
teens
teens

People Think Teens Who Curse a Lot Are Dumber

They also rated them on trustworthiness, sociability, politeness, and likability.
Emma Young
4.9.18
mental health
mental health

Depressed People Use These Words More Often

They're not always negative words.
Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi
2.5.18
Bird Brains
Bird Brains

Songbirds Are Helping Scientists Uncover How We Learn To Talk

The research could one day help people at risk of developing speech disorders.
Ed Cara
8.8.17
It's Science
It's Science

Here's Why Stressed-Out People Like to Curse So Much

Letting the F-bomb fly helps with primordial decision-making.
Nick Keppler
8.1.17
anxiety
anxiety

How to Seem Witty Even if You're Not

Relax, introverts: Crafting a comeback shouldn't induce anxiety.
Jay Heinrichs
6.22.17
fun with science
fun with science

The Science of Why You Can't Carry a Tune

Singing requires a surprising amount of coordination.
Tim Falconer
2.14.17
Transformations
Transformations

I Chose to Stop Saying "I" for an Entire Week

It felt like conversing in Mad Libs. And it drove me fucking crazy.
David MacNeal
1.27.17
Fighting Words
Fighting Words

Why You Should Curse Around Your Kids

Derogatory language made me a better person.
Austin Williams
1.27.17
We Asked
We Asked

We Talked to a Psychologist Who Takes Emojis Very, Very Seriously

She thinks they’re somewhere between language and hand gestures.
Bob Larkin
1.19.17