Harvard and MIT study reveals that babies understand the cost-reward tradeoffs behind others’ actions.
Researchers found that if just three outlets write about a particular major national policy topic, discussion of that topic across social media rises by more than 62 percent.
New HBS research examines whether we are less inhibited when posting on temporary social media and how others perceive the posts.
Researchers delivered lectures on recent findings to launch the Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean.
Gov. Charlie Baker joined HMS faculty members in discussing the opioid crisis and the role physician education must play in fighting it.
Harvard psychology chair Mahzarin Banaji is working with a research fellow to launch a new project called “Outsmarting Human Minds.”
New research from faculty at Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School finds that a majority of college freshmen believe others have more friends than they do, when they often don’t.
Harvard experts say that changing the language of addiction is key to fighting the stigma attached to it.
An undergraduate deciphers the meaning of Incan knots, giving long-dead native South American people a chance to speak.
Study finds out-of-pocket health care costs can lead to financial problems for survivors of childhood cancer.
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A Harvard study links an individual’s psychological basis for enforcing group hierarchies to national indicators.
“It often seems that partisans believe they are so correct that others will eventually come to see the obviousness of their correctness,” said Todd Rogers of the Harvard Kennedy School about his new research.
Harvard and MIT study reveals that cognitive science field experiments are critical to understanding human learning and education.
A new study has found that, following momentary exposure to inequality, support for a "millionaire’s tax" dropped by more than 50 percent.
A new study shows that, despite having no experience using tools with their hands, the brains of people born without hands represent tools and hands much the same as seen in the brains of people born with hands.
The Ed School and the Harvard Chan School brought together experts to discuss the nation’s opioid crisis in separate panel events.
New findings suggest a surprisingly common default in human behavior: the view that immoral actions are impossible.
New Harvard research examines the gap between stories we like to tell and stories we like to hear.
Harvard scientists helped develop an algorithm for predicting whether a social structure is likely to favor cooperation.
David Buckley Borden, a Bullard Fellow at Harvard Forest, is using art to make a point about sustainability and conservation.
A new study led by Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers examines the impact of individual physicians’ spending patterns on patient outcomes.
A new study suggests that infant-directed song evolved as a way for parents to signal to children that their needs were being met, while leaving time for other tasks, like food foraging or caring for other offspring.
Researchers have shown, for the first time, that chimpanzees learn certain grooming behaviors from their mothers. Once learned, chimps continued to perform the behavior long after the deaths of their mothers.
Based on data collected from a French grocery store chain, a new Harvard study has found that minority workers were far less efficient in a handful of important metrics when working with biased managers.
A new Harvard study argues that technological approaches to sustainability must be accompanied by efforts to reduce inequality.
Students threw paper airplanes in class for inspiration, not trouble, in a workshop led by a record-setting designer.
A study suggests that while psychopaths do feel regret, however, it doesn’t affect their choices.
Shorter city blocks stimulate urban life, but if they’re too short, people spend too much time crossing roads, and the streetscape suffers, study says.
On a visit to Harvard, best-selling author Michael Lewis talked about the deep friendship and pioneering collaboration of famed psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, whose work created the field of behavioral economics.
Students taking part in a new freshman seminar class learn to appreciate the sophistication of Neanderthals by manufacturing their own stone tools from scratch.
During Tanner Lectures, Professor Dorothy E. Roberts of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will explain how society leaned on flawed judgments about race.
Harvard scholars Joshua Greene and Steven Pinker were joined by Princeton philosopher Peter Singer in a conversation examining how to be moral — and happy.
Harvard graduate student Molly Edwards is the creator and host of “Science IRL (In Real Life),” a YouTube channel she launched more than a year ago while working as a lab technician at New York University. The show is dedicated to taking viewers inside labs for an up-close-and-personal view of the day-to-day work of scientists.
A group of researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has found a way for schools, professors, textbook publishers, and educational researchers to check the quality of their test questions that turns out to be both fast and cheap. It invokes the power of crowdsourcing.
Using videos of four sports in 44 countries, researchers found that men are far more likely to engage in friendly physical contact — handshakes, back pats and even hugs — following competition than women are.
Historian Leida Fernandez-Prieto came to Cambridge to research a Cuban botanical garden with Harvard roots.
A new study sheds light on important differences between intentional and unintentional mind wandering.
Experts discuss findings from a new Harvard T.H. Chan School survey about how workers say their jobs affect their health, and what companies can and should be doing to help.
Martin Elvis of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics warns that a loophole in the Outer Space Treaty leaves open the possibility of a race for resources on the moon.
Babies need conversational stimulation for their intellectual development, and a piece published in JAMA Pediatrics hopes to advise parents and pediatricians on how and when to best nurture that development.
Harvard researchers are among the co-authors of a new study saying that the increase in life expectancy in the past two decades has been accompanied by an even greater increase in years free of disability, thanks in large measure to improvements in cardiovascular health and declines in vision problems.
The famed Glass Flowers gallery will reopen May 21 after the most extensive renovation in its history.
Visiting professor Sasha Kimel examined whether information about genetic links can influence groups in conflict.
New HBS research finds that avoiding sticky questions leaves a far worse impression on others than simply coming clean with unflattering answers.
The Weatherhead Center continued its series of discussions on inequality, focusing on the mixed progress of efforts to advance fairness and social inclusion. The talk touched on discrimination against the Roma people and the disabled, and the rise of inequality in an era of support for human rights.
According to a new Harvard study, our ancestors between 2 and 3 million years ago started to spend far less time and effort chewing by adding meat to their diets and using stone tools to process food.
In recent decades, women have made progress in pay and parity with men in such professions as medicine and law. But when it comes to running things at the highest levels, it’s generally still a man’s world.
A study last year claiming that more than half of all psychology studies cannot be replicated turns out to be wrong. Harvard researchers have discovered that the study contains several statistical and methodological mistakes, and that when these are corrected, the study actually shows that the replication rate in psychology is quite high.
Cameron Waites served in Iraq as an Army medic/health care specialist from 2004 to 2008. At 34, he is a student at Harvard Medical School where he hopes to discover solutions to problems that plague his fellow veterans.
With the elderly beginning to outnumber the young around the world, workers, employers, and policymakers are rethinking retirement — what work we do, when to stop, and how to spend our later years.