Removing the Optimism Bias

Humans tend to embrace good news, while discounting bad news. We overestimate our odds of winning the lottery or living long lives, while underplaying our risk of cancer, divorce, or unemployment. Now, researchers from University College London ...

Sep 26

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Exercise Does a Body – and a Mind – Good

We’ve heard it time and time again: exercise is good for us. And it’s not just good for physical health – research shows that daily physical activity can also boost our mental health. But what actually accounts for the association between ...

Sep 26

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5 Reasons You Should Choose Psychotherapy

Depression and anxiety are common, affecting millions of adults in our country. And many people who need professional treatment don’t get it. But for those who do seek help, the first course of recommended treatment is often medication. But ...

Sep 26

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Common Parasite Linked to Personality Changes

Feeling sociable or reckless? You might have toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by the microscopic parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which the CDC estimates has infected about 22.5 percent of Americans older than 12 years old. Researchers tested ...

Sep 25

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Feeling Guilty Versus Feeling Angry – Who Can Tell the Difference?

When you rear-end the car in front of you at a stoplight, you may feel a mix of different emotions such as anger, anxiety, and guilt. The person whose car you rear-ended may feel angered and frustrated by your carelessness, but it’s unlikely that ...

Sep 25

Categories: Anger Management, Control Issues, Depression

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4 Ways to Support Someone With Depression

Well meaning people often attempt to fix the problem. They may say something like, “Have you tried aromatherapy? There was an article about it in the paper…” This kind of comment can come across as trivializing the illness. If you want to ...

Sep 25

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Pacifiers may stunt boys emotionally

researchers for the first time have linked heavy pacifier use among baby boys to poorer emotional maturity through to adulthood. Lead author Paula Niedenthal, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said a baby with a ...

Sep 24

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Misinformation: Psychological Science Shows Why It Sticks and How to ...

Childhood vaccines do not cause autism. Global warming is confirmed by science. And yet, many people believe claims to the contrary. Why does that kind of misinformation stick? A new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, ...

Sep 24

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A Counter-Intuitive Remedy to Feeling Short of Time

Psychological research shows that, paradoxically, giving away your time can make you feel you have more of it. So, what if I said there was a solution to feeling continuously short of time, and it involved giving your free-time away to ...

Sep 22

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People Can Be Tricked into Reversing Their Opinions on Morality

People can be tricked into reversing their opinions on moral issues, even to the point of constructing good arguments to support the opposite of their original positions. The surveys contained a ‘magic trick’. Each contained two sets of ...

Sep 22

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Psychology can explain and improve bad classroom behaviour

Psychology and Antisocial Behaviour in School looks at the evidence from psychology for understanding troublesome behaviour in schools, dealing with behaviour in general, specific types of behaviour such as bullying, developmental disorders such as ...

Sep 22

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How to Win Over Someone Who Doesn't Like You

Does your co-worker scowl every time you walk by? Is that guy in your networking group consistently aloof? Sometimes, for no clear reason, someone may decide they dislike you – and if you want a more comfortable work environment, it’s up to you ...

Sep 21

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Fear can be erased from the brain

When a person learns something, a lasting long-term memory is created with the aid of a process of consolidation, which is based on the formation of proteins. When we remember something, the memory becomes unstable for a while and is then ...

Sep 21

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Can watching the news can make you sick? New research says yes

Researchers at the University of California at Irvine followed the viewing habits of American subjects before and after the events of 9/11, and found that those who watched more than four hours a day of 9/11 and Iraq War-related coverage were more ...

Sep 21

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The More People Rely On Their Intuitions, the More Cooperative They ...

It's an age old question: Why do we do good? What makes people sometimes willing to put "We" ahead of "Me?" Perhaps our first impulse is to be selfish, and cooperation is all about reining in greed. Or maybe cooperation happens spontaneously, and ...

Sep 20

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