language

mind

Learning an Instrument Can Make Children Better Readers

Students demonstrated improved phonological awareness—the awareness of words’ sound structure—which is a key component in learning to read.
Jessica Dore
8.24.18
anxiety

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
5.22.18
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

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

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

Depressed People Use These Words More Often

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

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

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

The Science of Why You Can't Carry a Tune

Singing requires a surprising amount of coordination.
Tim Falconer
2.14.17
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

Why You Should Curse Around Your Kids

Derogatory language made me a better person.
Austin Williams
1.27.17