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 ...

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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 ...

Feb 4

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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 ...

Feb 2

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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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Can Money Buy Happiness?

We often hear it, but how true is the phrase 'Money can't buy happiness'? Is there a correlation between the two, and if so, ...

Feb 1

Categories: Happiness

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Can you will yourself happier?

"Happiness is as a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." (Nathaniel Hawthorne) A key question for people hoping to improve their well-being is whether it is ...

Feb 1

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Are you a niceaholic?

You could always count on Kathy Church. When friends called to vent, she would pick up the phone. When there was a crisis at work, she'd dig in. When family members got together, she'd show up no matter how much she didn't want to. Church was ...

Jan 31

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Can you feel my pain? Middle-aged women sure can

Looking for someone to feel your pain? Talk to a woman in her 50s. According to a new study of more than 75,000 adults, women in that age group are more empathic than men of the same age and than younger or older people. "Overall, late middle-aged ...

Jan 31

Categories: Empathy

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Holding a lofty position brings people happiness by making them feel ...

Far from being lonely at the top, people with power are happier than those without it, researchers have found. Wielding power brings contentment and leads people to believe that they can be true to themselves. Researchers conducted experiments ...

Jan 31

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Why Humans Like to Cry

Michael Trimble, a British professor at the Institute of Neurology in London, begins his new book with Gana the gorilla. In the summer of 2009, 11-year-old Gana gave birth to a boy at a Muenster zoo. But one day in August, the baby suddenly and ...

Jan 30

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'Moral realism' may lead to better moral behavior

Getting people to think about morality as a matter of objective facts rather than subjective preferences may lead to improved moral behavior, Boston College researchers report in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Jan 30

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