The Most Unknown

Scientists Still Don’t Totally Understand What It Means to Be Conscious

Axel Cleeremans, a psychologist and researcher, has spent the last 30 years trying to figure it out.
Kaleigh Rogers
robot overlords

Children Are Easily Peer Pressured by Robots, Study Finds

Experiments reveal that kids were significantly influenced by Nao robots who fed them the wrong answers to visual problems.
Becky Ferreira
I cant remember

40 Percent of People's First Memories Never Happened

If you think you remember something from before you were about three and a half, there’s a pretty good chance your brain is playing a trick on you.
Daniel Oberhaus

This Is What American Christians Think God Looks Like

God is a young white dude who looks like he plays the acoustic guitar, according to a study of more than 500 American Christians.
Samantha Cole
sampling errors

If Rich People Are the Variables in ‘Westworld,’ No Wonder the Experiment Sucks

Scientists have warned that disproportionate sampling of wealthy people impacts research results. Delos Incorporated didn’t get the memo.
Becky Ferreira
drug research

The Psychologist Leading a Psychedelic Research Revolution

James Fadiman is legitimizing research into psychedelic microdosing.
Daniel Oberhaus
mental health

Unselfish People Are More Likely to Wind Up With Depression

New research links elevated responses to unfairness to later appearance of depression markers.
Michael Byrne
Impulse Controls

Can You Get Addicted to Trolling?

It’s becoming increasingly evident that, for some people, trolling isn’t just playing an asshole on the internet.
Virginia Pelley
what we know

What Science Says About ‘The Keepers’ and Repressed Memories

The Netflix documentary series explores the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik and allegations of abuse by a priest at the high school where she taught.
Kaleigh Rogers
Seeing Is Believing

That Time the CIA Investigated a Magician to See if Magic Was Real

A video with illusionist Uri Geller spawned dozens of pages of follow-up reports in the CIA about whether magic was real, and if so, how to harness it for espionage.
Michael Best

I Asked a Scientist to Explain What the Hell My Cat Wants From Me

I just want to love him.
Jordan Pearson
Donald Trump

A Psychologist Explains What the Crowds at the Inauguration Say About America

We spoke to Stephen Reicher, an expert in crowd psychology.
Kaleigh Rogers