Alongside metrics like "uses a textbook", the popular Rate My Professors website gives students the option to score their lecturers' "hotness". This might not be as frivolous as it seems, at least according to a new paper in The Journal of General Psychology, which claims that students learn more ...
Date Posted: August 24, 2016GO
For the first time, a study in mice, to be published in the journal eLife, shows that five hours of sleep deprivation leads to a loss of connectivity between neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with learning and memory.
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Piquing people’s interest can entice them to choose healthier behaviors over more tempting, unhealthy ones, study finds. New research shows that piquing people’s curiosity can influence their choices by steering them away from tempting desires, ...
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Single people have richer social lives and more psychological growth than married people. According to psychologist Bella DePaulo, it is time for a more accurate portrayal of single people and single life - one that recognizes the real strengths and ...
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The World Health Organization is moving toward declassifying transgender identity as a mental disorder in its global list of medical conditions, with a new study lending additional support to a proposal that would delete the decades-old designation. ...
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An international team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has found strong evidence supporting a new strategy against drug addiction. The researchers showed that a compound that inhibits the activity of certain brain-cell ...
When I was 13, I once dreamt that a beautiful woman was sensuously stroking the palm of my hand, as a family of fridges hummed in the background. In reality, a huge, buzzing wasp had landed on my right hand. It idly walked around for a bit, then ...
New research suggests that witnessing extreme pain – such as the injury or death of a comrade on the battlefield – has a lasting effect on how the brain processes potentially painful situations. A study of veterans from the Israeli Defence Force ...
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The idea that sadness somehow kindles creativity is a popular and long-lasting one. The artistic canon appears to be full of people whose dark mental states kindled their brilliance but also brought their lives to an early end - such as Vincent van ...
Practice makes perfect. It’s a mantra we hear all our lives, from simple refrains in kindergarten to the more nuanced versions that populate self-help books. It’s everywhere at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, as athletes credit the long ...
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We spend up to one-third of our life asleep, but not everyone sleeps well. For couples, it turns out how well you think your partner understands and cares for you is linked to how well you sleep.
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The other day I was sitting on a train with a friend as she flicked through profiles on Bumble, an online dating service in which women have to reach out to men first. I watched her swipe left to reject a professional football team's worth of New ...
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The science of sleep is woefully incomplete, not least because research on the topic has long ignored half of the population. For decades, sleep studies mostly enrolled men. Now, as sleep researchers are making a more concerted effort to study ...
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From flipping the bird to angry confrontation, aggressive driving has become common. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. drivers say they committed at least one antisocial act on the road in the past year. This problem has worsened over the past three years - ...
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The teenage years can be mystifying for parents. Sensible children turn scatter-brained or start having wild mood swings. Formerly level-headed adolescents ride in cars with dangerous drivers or take other foolish risks. During one of the most ...
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Serena Williams is rumored to wear the same socks for the duration of a tournament and bouncing her tennis ball five times before her first serve. Psychologist Stuart Vyse, who authored a book on the psychology of superstition, says pregame rituals ...
Categories: Sports PsychologyGO