How the brain creates the 'buzz' that helps ideas spread

How do ideas spread? What messages will go viral on social media, and can this be predicted? UCLA psychologists have taken a significant step toward answering these questions, identifying for the first time the brain regions associated with the ...

Jul 12

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Math Anxiety – Dealing with Fear of Failure

Not everybody loves math. In fact, some people report tension, apprehension, and fear when faced with the need to perform mathematical tasks as a part of everyday life. Not surprisingly, these highly math anxious individuals (HMAs) perform more ...

Jul 12

Categories: Anxiety

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Exposure to prenatal maternal antibodies affects behavior, ...

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that prenatal exposure to specific combinations of antibodies found only in mothers of children with autism leads to changes in the brain that adversely affect behavior and development. The ...

Jul 12

Categories: Child Development

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Jealousy can drive us to view ourselves more like our rivals

If you see your partner flirt with someone else, you may feel hurt, angry, and jealous. The last thing you might expect is to start thinking of yourself more like your rival. New research suggests just that: that jealousy can prompt people to change ...

Jul 11

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Does sitting at a big desk make you cheat?

There could be an upside to being confined to that tiny cubicle at work: It may make you less likely to cheat. A new study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science finds that sitting at a large workspace or in a ...

Jul 11

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Sleepless nights can turn lovers into fighters

Relationship problems can keep us awake at night. But new research from UC Berkeley suggests that sleepless nights also can worsen lovers’ fights. UC Berkeley psychologists Amie Gordon and Serena Chen have found that people are much more likely ...

Jul 11

Categories: Relationships & Marriage, Sleep Disorders

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Putting the Right Worker in the Right Job

Carrots and sticks have long been the favored tool for business managers looking to motivate their workers, whether it’s to encourage with the promise of a raise, or to threaten with firing. But a new study from the University of Iowa suggests ...

Jul 10

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Striving to Find Your Authentic Sense of Self

Artists being able to collaborate with psychologists makes for a unique experience. I had the pleasure of coordinating such in 2001, for a performance piece entitled Presence. Inspired by self-development work of the previous decade, it was a ...

Jul 10

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Couples in Conflicts wants Power

The most common thing that couples want from each other during a conflict is not an apology, but a willingness to relinquish power, according to a new Baylor University study. Giving up power comes in many forms, among them giving a partner more ...

Jul 10

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Does marital breakdown have an effect on male offending?

Criminologists have long known that men tend to offend less after they marry. But with almost half of all marriages now ending in divorce, what effect does separation have? Writing in the journal Psychology, Crime & Law, Delphine Theobald and David ...

Jul 9

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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What Can Self-Control Do For You? 10 New Studies Provide Surprising ...

Nowadays it's hardly news that self-control is vital to success in many areas of life. The studies bear this out with boring monotony in education, in health, in terms of how much money you earn, in personal relationships and even mental ...

Jul 9

Categories: Control Issues

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Can You ‘Catch’ Depression?

We all know how easy it is to catch your roommate’s cold or flu, but what about his or her mood? New research claims that, in some situations, a depressed mood can be contagious. The authors of the new study, which is published in the journal ...

Jul 8

Categories: Depression

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The Right Incentive Can Erase an Autism Deficit

With the right incentive, such as winning a prize, children with autism do fairly well at inferring the thoughts and beliefs of others, according to a study published in the May issue of Developmental Science. Research has shown that children with ...

Jul 6

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress

Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function, according to a research team based at Princeton University. The researchers report in the Journal ...

Jul 6

Categories: Stress Management

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Girls' and boys' brains respond differently to funny videos

When exposed to humour, women's brains exhibit more activity than men's in reward-related regions. Some experts say this is consistent with an idea derived from evolutionary theory that women are predisposed to be humour appreciators whereas men are ...

Jul 6

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