The Role of Doapmine in Our Survival

Neuroscientists from MIT have found the underlying mechanisms for the steering of attention away from trivial tasks towards potential threats, and they believe that dopamine is central to this process. Danger signals are received and interpreted in ...

Nov 14

Categories: Executive Functions, Other, Paranoia / Suspiciousness

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The Dark Side: Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude is an emotion that has fascinated both professionals and lay people for quite a while, precisely because it is an emotion that has been associated with psychopathy.

Nov 3

Categories: Antisocial personality, Other

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Are We Naturally Altruistic or Selfish

Since childhood, our parents have taught us that sharing is caring and encouraged us to engage in pro-social, cooperative behaviours with our siblings and playmates, resulting in our inclination to be generous and helpful to the people around us, ...

Oct 24

Categories: Adult psychological development, Other

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Monitoring Increases Pro-social Behaviours

What motivates people to donate? Psychologists have proposed several factors that increase the likelihood of donation as well as the amount donated. Some of these factors include situational demands, such as crisis relief after a natural disaster, ...

Oct 20

Categories: Other

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The Line Between Right and Wrong

Moral psychologists believe there is an element of intuition involved in moral judgments, which is commonly termed as 'gut feeling' or the instantaneous judgment that people with regards to certain moral-like issues.

Oct 6

Categories: Other

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The Paradox of Choice

People like having many options. We like having the freedom to choose for ourselves instead of being forced into a corner. However, having an array of choices may not necessarily be better, in fact, we may even find ourselves more stressed when it ...

Oct 3

Categories: Other, Stress Management

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Who Can You Trust?

How do you know who you can trust? A recent experiment suggests that an individual’s guilt-proneness is one of the strongest predictor of one’s trustworthiness.

Sep 26

Categories: Other, Personality problems, Trust Issues

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Recalling Emotional Memories

With the recent media focus on the Kavanaugh-Ford scandal, questions regarding recall and memory have surfaced. A special form of memory is particularly interesting, termed “flashbulb memories”. Flashbulb memories are formed during significant ...

Sep 26

Categories: Other, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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The Psychological Impacts of Political Ads

Political advertisements are crafted to capture and retain the audience’s attention as quickly as possible. The most common and possibly, effective, way to accomplish this is by appealing to voters’ emotions.

Sep 8

Categories: Other

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Genetic factors and Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism may be more than just a diet choice, as recent studies would suggest. A chemical called 6-7i-propylthiouricil, abbreviated as PROP, has been linked to an individual’s tendency to reject vegetables.

Sep 5

Categories: Other

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Examining Conformity

One of the most famous psychological study in the field is the Solomon-Asch study which examined the extent to which individuals conform to the group’s standard. The study was the first of its kind because it showed that individuals could be ...

Sep 5

Categories: Other

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The Brain and Resilience

This article explores the new associations found between the brain, individual resilience and anxiety.

Sep 3

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Adult psychological ...

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The Power of Silence in Conversation

This article highlights key findings that show that simply allowing more time and space in conversations would actually go a long way in fueling more conversation.

Sep 3

Categories: Other, Self-Confidence

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We Are Our Own Biggest Enemies

We have to make so many choices in a day, sometimes it just gets very exhausting and difficult to keep making the right ones. From indulging in a sinfully chocolate fudge cake when we are supposed to be on a diet, to escaping from our problems at ...

Aug 20

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Other, Self help groups

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The Psychology of Procrastination

Why do we like to procrastinate even though it might get us into trouble?

Aug 18

Categories: Career Development and Change, Life Purpose / Meaning / ...

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