Cupid’s arrow: Research illuminates laws of attraction

We’ve heard the clichés: “It was love at first sight,” “It’s inner beauty that truly matters,” and “Opposites attract.” But what’s really at work in selecting a romantic or sexual partner? University of Notre Dame Sociologist ...

Feb 13

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?

Noah Muthler took his first state standardized test in third grade at the Spring Cove Elementary School in Roaring Spring, Pa. It was a miserable experience, said his mother, Kathleen Muthler. He was a good student in a program for gifted children. ...

Feb 13

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The One (Really Easy) Persuasion Technique Everyone Should Know

I'll admit it. A few of the techniques for persuasion I've covered here on PsyBlog have been a little outlandish and impractical. Things like swearing, talking in the right ear and pouring coffee down someone's throat. The studies are interesting ...

Feb 9

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Support needed for children losing parent at early age

A study exploring the impact of early parental death has revealed the long-term damage and suffering that can be experienced by individuals in adult life if appropriate levels of support are not provided at the time of bereavement. The new research, ...

Feb 9

Categories: Child Development

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The man who couldn't speak - and how he revolutionized psychology

When he was 30 years old, Louis Victor Leborgne lost the ability to speak—or speak in any matter that made any sort of sense. Upon being admitted to Bicêtre, a suburban Paris hospital that specialized in mental illness, he could utter only a ...

Feb 9

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How to Give The Slip to Persistent Negative Thoughts

Have you ever said a word over and over again until it lost its meaning? It's a trick many discover in childhood which can provide the first inkling that words aren't the solid, dependable, unchanging labels they seem. Instead words start to feel ...

Feb 8

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Social network use reflects East-West disparity

The stark contrast between America’s “me-first” culture and the “collective-good” mentality in China is reflected in the two countries’ use of social networking sites, according to a new study led by a Michigan State University ...

Feb 8

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Short-term exercise boosts body image without making any physical ...

Many people find exercise adherence difficult after the first few weeks because the fun of something new has worn off, and yet their programme has yet to deliver any tangible changes in terms of body shape and weight. A new study offers a potential ...

Feb 8

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Targets of Bully Bosses Aren’t the Only Victims

Abusive bosses who target employees with ridicule, public criticism, and the silent treatment not only have a detrimental effect on the employees they bully, but they negatively impact the work environment for the co-workers of those employees who ...

Feb 7

Categories: Bullying

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Food on the Mind: 20 Surprising Insights From Food Psychology

We invest food with so much meaning, and rightly so: it changes our mood, it strengthens our relationships when we eat together and food choices express who we are. But food has a dark side. We worry about eating unhealthy, about weight gain and ...

Feb 7

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Baby Smiles Provide Clues to Healthy Development

Feb 7

Categories: Child Development

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Study shows how minimal intervention can preserve marital quality ...

Marital satisfaction - so critical to health and happiness - generally declines over time. A brief writing intervention that helps spouses adopt a more objective outlook on marital conflict could be the answer. New Northwestern University ...

Feb 6

Categories: Marital Counseling, Relationships & Marriage

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Why extroverts fail, introverts flounder and you probably succeed

Spend a day with any leader in any organization, and you’ll quickly discover that the person you’re shadowing, whatever his or her official title or formal position, is actually in sales. These leaders are often pitching customers and clients, ...

Feb 6

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Study shows Facebook unfriending has real life consequences

Unfriending someone on Facebook may be as easy as clicking a button, but a new study from the University of Colorado Denver shows the repercussions often reach far beyond cyberspace. "People think social networks are just for fun," said study ...

Feb 6

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Eye therapy to tackle military stress

EMDR works on the theory that traumatic memories have not been properly processed by the brain, but can be reprocessed correctly via therapy involving eye movement, and using sounds or taps to the skin while going through the past traumas. "The ...

Feb 5

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