Wanna feel good? Tell me ALL about yourself.

We all know what blogging started off as. Livejournals, devoted to people talking, with a certain amount of self-satisfaction, about themselves, what they had for breakfast, and how not getting a pony when they were 8 caused them to become a vegan. ...

Jun 21

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Hulk smash? Maybe not anymore: Scientists block excess aggression in ...

Pathological rage can be blocked in mice, researchers have found, suggesting potential new treatments for severe aggression, a widespread trait characterized by sudden violence, explosive outbursts and hostile overreactions to stress. In a study ...

Jun 21

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Children with Social Anxiety Can Now Practice Interacting with ...

Can social solace be found in the uncanny valley? Video games meet psychological healing in a recent collaboration between the University of Central Florida Anxiety Disorders Clinic and Virtually Better, an Atlanta company that explores virtual ...

Jun 21

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Customers Will Pay More for Less

Consumers will pay more for a single expensive item, such as a watch, than they will for a combination of that item and a cheaper one, such as a pen. In five experiments, respondents were shown a series of products—phones, jackets, backpacks, ...

Jun 20

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When Men Are Less Moral Than Women

If males feel their masculinity may be at stake, they are more likely to cut ethical corners. What do Barry Bonds, Bernie Madoff, and James Murdoch have in common? They were all, in their respective areas, in it to win it – whatever the cost. ...

Jun 20

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Blogging Relieves Stress On New Mothers

New mothers who read and write blogs may feel less alone than mothers who do not participate in a blogging community, according to family studies researchers. "It looks like blogging might be helping these women as they transition into motherhood ...

Jun 20

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Think distant: the incredible power of abstract thought

This mind hack is simple: you imagine yourself way off in the future, or living in a different country or as a different person. The aim is to have that feeling of detachment, of stepping outside yourself, by whatever means you can. This puts you ...

Jun 19

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Loneliness in Older Individuals Linked to Functional Decline, Death

Loneliness in individuals over 60 years of age appears associated with increased risk of functional decline and death, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. In older persons, ...

Jun 19

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People with high emotional intelligence are more easily duped by ...

Although research has shown that most of us are hopeless at spotting lies, there's been speculation in the literature that a minority of people might be unusually talented fib-detectors. The evidence for these "wizards", as they've been called, ...

Jun 19

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More to facial perception than meets the eye

People make complex judgements about a person from looking at their face that are based on a range of factors beyond simply their race and gender, according to findings of new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council ...

Jun 18

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Creativity: Why You Should Seek Out Unusual or Downright Weird ...

Creative people can be a little weird. Great artists are often outsiders: they don't behave like us, they don't look like us and they don't think like us. True creativity is not the preserve of people who think the same as everyone else. ...

Jun 18

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Freud's Theory of Unconscious Conflict Linked to Anxiety Symptoms

A link between unconscious conflicts and conscious anxiety disorder symptoms have been shown, lending empirical support to psychoanalysis. An experiment that Sigmund Freud could never have imagined 100 years ago may help lend scientific support ...

Jun 18

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Persistence Is Learned from Fathers, Study Suggests

When the going gets tough, the tough ought to thank their fathers. New research from Brigham Young University shows that dads are in a unique position to help their adolescent children develop persistence. BYU professors Laura Padilla-Walker and ...

Jun 16

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The Belief in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion

Does what goes around come around? Do you get what's coming to you? Do you reap what you sow? Children are often heard to whine to their parents: "But that's not fair!" and their agitated parents reply: "Tough, life's not fair." With age you ...

Jun 16

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Anxious Mice Make Lousy Dads

Normally, male California mice are surprisingly doting fathers, but new research published in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology suggests that high anxiety can turn these good dads bad. Unlike most rodents, male and female ...

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