Alcohol Use, Anxiety Predict Facebook Use by College Students, MU ...

With nearly one billion users worldwide, Facebook has become a daily activity for hundreds of millions of people. Because so many people engage with the website daily, researchers are interested in how emotionally involved Facebook users become ...

Apr 11

Categories: Addictions

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Are Men or Women Better at Multitasking?

First a confession: I have never understood the popular fascination with whether women (or men) are better at multitasking. That's because multitasking is something that's best avoided for any task that needs concentration. Humans don't multitask ...

Apr 11

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Low on Self-Control? Surrounding Yourself With Strong-Willed Friends ...

We all desire self-control — the resolve to skip happy hour and go to the gym instead, to finish a report before checking Facebook, to say no to the last piece of chocolate cake. Though many struggle to resist those temptations, new research ...

Apr 11

Categories: Control Issues

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Reframing Stress: Stage Fright Can Be Your Friend

Fear of public speaking tops death and spiders as the nation’s number one phobia. But new research shows that learning to rethink the way we view our shaky hands, pounding heart, and sweaty palms can help people perform better both mentally and ...

Apr 10

Categories: Anxiety, Social Anxiety / Phobia, Stress Management

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Tactics to Spark Creativity

Why is it that some people rack their brains for new ideas, only to come up empty—while others seem to shake them almost effortlessly out of their sleeves? Whether creativity is an innate gift or a cognitive process that anyone can jump-start ...

Apr 10

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Structured Reflection Improves Team Performance

With the word “team” ubiquitous to the point of cliché in the business world, the new research indicates that teams improve their performance when they meet in a structured environment in which each member reflects on his or her role and how it ...

Apr 10

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Husbands and wives are happier when they share household and ...

Although no exact formula for marital bliss exists, a University of Missouri researcher has found that husbands and wives are happier when they share household and child-rearing responsibilities. However, sharing responsibilities doesn’t ...

Apr 9

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Children with autism leave 'silly' out

When a child with autism copies the actions of an adult, he or she is likely to omit anything "silly" about what they've just seen. In contrast, typically developing children will go out of their way to repeat each and every element of the behavior ...

Apr 9

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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10 Things We Know About Autism That We Didn't Know a Year Ago

Just two decades ago, autism was a mysterious and somewhat obscure disorder, commonly associated with the movie Rain Man and savantism. It affected an estimated 1 in 5,000 children. How times have changed. Today, thanks to awareness and advocacy ...

Apr 9

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Smile and the world smiles back. Can looking at faces lower ...

The premise is: perhaps aggression is at least in part caused by biases in emotion perception. So if you see a neutrally emotional face, due to biases in your emotional processing you view that face as angry or hostile. You respond with hostility ...

Apr 8

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How communities effectively punish antisocial behaviour

New research provides an insight into how groups of people tackle social dilemmas and effectively punish those engaging in anti-social behaviour. Neighbours playing loud music is an example of where a social dilemma can arise about who should ...

Apr 8

Categories: Antisocial personality

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Can we control our thoughts? Why do thoughts pop into my head as I'm ...

We are aware of a tiny fraction of the thinking that goes on in our minds, and we can control only a tiny part of our conscious thoughts. The vast majority of our thinking efforts goes on subconsciously. Only one or two of these thoughts are likely ...

Apr 8

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Psychology And Advertising


Watch this well done video on the use of psychology in marketing.

Apr 6

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Meditation Is About More Than Inner Peace, Study Says

People who practice meditation often do so for individual health benefits like reduced stress and improved mental health. But new research from Northeastern University’s Social Emotions Group says meditation also has an effect on the way we treat ...

Apr 6

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What is Face Blindness and it's impact

Imagine not being able to recognise your own child at nursery or even pick out your own face from a line-up of photos. This is just how severe face blindness, or prosopagnosia, can be. "In extreme cases, people might withdraw socially - become ...

Apr 6

Categories: Child Development, Social Anxiety / Phobia

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