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How 9/11 Changed Americans

15 years after 9/11, what are the lasting effects on Americans' psychology?
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A Matter of Taste

The psychology of taste : we like what we can easily identify.
McCain giving an interview to the press on April 24, 1973, after his return from Vietnam. Photo by US News and World Report.

Language Loss in a Time of War

War happens when words no longer work. Yet war is declared at the very point when words are at their most powerful. Chi Luu examines language loss in war.
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Is Video Game Addiction a “Boy” Problem?

There are some girls who get really into video gaming, but it seems like it’s far more frequently an issue for little boys.
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Personification Is Your Friend: The Language of Inanimate Objects

So it entirely slipped my mind that Lingua Obscura recently turned one (yay!) and is now a veritable ...
Moral Outrage

The Importance of Being Outraged

Studies by psychologists, behavioral scientists, political theorists, and economists suggest that moral outrage has social benefits.
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All the Feels: the Morphology of Reaction Gifs

From visual emojis depicting simple emotional states, it's a short step to emotion or reaction gifs, used to respond in playful ways to online discussions.
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How to Have a Happy Marriage: Overestimate Your Spouse’s Good Qualities

Newlyweds’ perceptions of each other during “honeymoon period.” Can research tell us anything about how to have a happy marriage?

Brian Williams and Our Treacherous Memories

There’s been some hand-wringing from pundits about truth and memory in the wake of Brian Williams recent embellishments.