The Psychology of Celebrity Worship

Among academic researchers, the term "celebrity worship" is a term that was first coined by Dr. Lynn McCutcheon and her research colleagues in the early 2000s. While seemingly common especially in young adolescents, research has pointed out that ...

Nov 17

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The Upside of Uncertainty

Who is more persuasive: A person who expresses great certainty about his or her views, or a person who is less sure? If you are like most people, your intuition is that certainty makes you more persuasive. And this makes sense. A person who ...

Nov 10

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Daydreaminsg: not a waste of time after all?

People tend to think of daydreaming and letting the mind wander as a waste of time, but new research suggests daydreaming could be key to success and higher creativity.

Nov 5

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Why liars find lying easy

Liars are able to tell the most astounding whoppers without feeling bad - the way the brain works is actually helping them! New research found that the neurological responses are repeated liars are blunted, and this reduces the negative emotions one ...

Nov 3

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Investing in a healthy Hong Kong can cut welfare costs for the city

Investing in health may cut welfare costs for Hong Kong. But other than encouraging people to cultivate a healthy body and a healthy mind, more needs to be done to create job opportunities and reduce poverty, thereby maximizing the benefits of ...

Oct 29

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Other

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How the brain adapts to telling lies

Anecdotal reports of dishonesty escalating over time are common. Thus, a team of researchers from University College London (U.C.L.) and Duke University decided to investigate. The team's findings confirm in a laboratory setting that dishonesty ...

Oct 25

Categories: Antisocial personality, Other

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Science tells us not to rely on eyewitnesses

Devastating mistakes by eyewitnesses are not rare, according to a report by the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating those wrongfully convicted of crimes. Since the 1990s, when DNA testing was first introduced, Innocence ...

Oct 18

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Would you vote for a psychopath?

Many well-regarded leaders appear to find success through psychopathic traits - namely, fearlessness, social influence and immunity to stress. However, research suggests that leaders who also possess psychopathy's negative characteristics - ...

Oct 4

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Learning foreign languages can sharpen our minds

Scientists say the more foreign languages we learn, the more effectively our brain reacts and processes the data accumulated in the course of learning. Scientists from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) together with colleagues from the University ...

Sep 6

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Does your dog truly understand you?

If you're speaking to me, it's not just what you say but how you say it that matters. A new study finds that dogs also pick up on these important, yet separate details. And there's more. Not only does this study add to our knowledge of how dogs ...

Sep 1

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The Midas Touch Effect

The power of non-sexual touching by women lies in the fact that both men and women respond positively to warmth and friendliness from women, but not necessarily from men. Touch can affect people’s tendency to comply with requests (a phenomenon ...

Sep 1

Categories: Emotional Intelligence, Other

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People estimate their own abilities based on others' performance

Ratings of our own abilities are strongly influenced by the performance of others, according to a study published July 20 in Neuron. Interacting with high performers makes us feel more capable in cooperative team settings, but less competent in ...

Jul 22

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Examining the Benefits of a Psychology Degree

Are there too many psychology majors these days? Is obtaining a psychology degree a practical goal for college students in the 21st century? Will I be able to find a job after earning a degree in psychology? These are the types of questions which ...

Jul 20

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Males more likely to suffer psychologically when dissatisfied with ...

Society might lead us to believe body image concerns should be reserved for females but research published today from The University of Sydney has suggested that men are more likely to suffer psychologically when dissatisfied with their image.

Jul 9

Categories: Men's Issues, Other

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The Simplest Motivational Technique May Also Be The Best

Psychologists tested three common motivational techniques to see which works best.

Jul 2

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