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 ...

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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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Men Are from Mars Earth, Women Are from ...

For decades, popular writers have entertained readers with the premise that men and women are so psychologically dissimilar they could hail from entirely different planets. But a new study shows that it's time for the Mars Venus theories about the ...

Feb 5

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Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions

Medications like Adderall can markedly improve the lives of children and others with the disorder. But the tunnel-like focus the medicines provide has led growing numbers of teenagers and young adults to fake symptoms to obtain steady prescriptions ...

Feb 5

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Sway: The Psychology of Indecision

A lot of stuff in life provokes that feeling of ambivalence where we can't quite decide which way to go. Both sides of an argument are persuasive or both plans for the weekend are equally attractive. We lean one way, then the other. We feel ...

Feb 4

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If You Are Impulsive, Take Modafinil and Count to Ten

Poor impulse control contributes to one's inability to control the consumption of rewarding substances, like food, alcohol, and other drugs. This can lead to the development of addiction. FDA-approved medications for alcoholism, like naltrexone ...

Feb 4

Categories: Addictions, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Drug ...

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We Are What We Smell

Pheromones: they’re those chemical signals often associated with attraction. But there are many chemical signals we give off—including ones that might signal alarm, aggression or other emotions. For example, take fear. If sweat contains ...

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To land that job, be among the first interviewed, study shows

Want to ace that interview and increase your chances of actually landing the job? A new study says the best thing to do is interview on a different day than your strongest competition. Or, if you think you're a strong candidate, at least try to ...

Feb 2

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Working Alone Won't Get You Good Grades

Students who work together and interact online are more likely to be successful in their college classes, according to a study published Jan. 30 in the journal Nature Scientific Reports and co-authored by Manuel Cebrian, a computer scientist at the ...

Feb 2

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The (Really Scary) Invisible Gorilla

The Invisible Gorilla is part of the popular culture nowadays, thanks largely to a widely-read 2010 book of that title. In that book, cognitive psychologists Dan Simons and Christopher Chabris popularized a phenomenon of human perception -- known in ...

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Stanford experiment shows that virtual superpowers encourage ...

If you give people superpowers, will they use those abilities for good? Researchers at Stanford recently investigated the subject by giving people the ability of Superman-like flight in the university's Virtual Human Interaction Laboratory (VHIL). ...

Feb 1

Categories: Empathy

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