Do Dogs Feel Guilty?

“I walked into the house, and he was acting strange. I could tell he had done something wrong,” she told me. I pressed for further details. “His head was down, and he wasn’t making eye contact,” she explained. “Then, I found it. Under ...

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Awakening The Compassionate Mind

Fundamentally, the term “compassion” means a sensitivity to the presence of suffering in others and in ourselves, coupled with a deep desire to alleviate that suffering. As we will see, the experience of compassion is essential to our ...

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Why Saying No in Your Relationship Is a Good Thing

Many of us hate hearing the word “No.” And many of us don’t like saying it either. You might be especially uncomfortable with saying no to your partner. Often people think that going along with their partner’s requests will be good for their ...

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Research dispels old myths about ageing

'It's a myth that they are bowls of misery, unhappy with their lot, and always going on about ailments.' Professor Tom Kirkwood has demolished a string of misconceptions about the ageing process with a groundbreaking study into the health of more ...

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How NOT to make it work: be with someone else when you're together

I knew I’d gone over to the dark side when my husband asked me to stop texting during dinner. I was just answering my daughter’s text message. He actually seemed somewhat annoyed, and I realized I had gotten snagged into the mindlessness of ...

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Female fat prejudice persists even after weight loss, study finds

Overweight women may never escape the painful stigma of obesity – even after they have shed the pounds, new research suggests. The study, by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, The University of Manchester, and Monash University, examined ...

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Full Recovery from Schizophrenia?

This is the first of a series of blog postings related to my own series of research studies (my doctoral research at Saybrook University) of people who have made full and lasting medication-free recoveries after being diagnosed with schizophrenia ...

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3 Tips for Developing Unflappable Self-Esteem

You don’t need to have the looks of Brad Pitt, the sense of humor of Louis CK or the style of Marc Jacobs to be naturally self-confident! In fact, with a little extra effort, it’s possible to develop the unflappable sense of self-esteem ...

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Introducing "therapy genetics" - genes can predict whether therapy ...

Psychotherapy, like other forms of treatment, doesn't work for everyone and there would be huge advantages to knowing in advance who's likely to benefit. In the case of drugs, there's a thriving research field - pharmacogenetics - looking at whether ...

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What can The Ultimatum Game tell us about how people cooperate?

ometimes games have a lot to teach us about human nature, other times they're just games. One game that some economists and psychologists claim has much to teach us is called The Ultimatum Game. The game is very simple. It's played between two ...

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Why women prefer weaker men

Early humans became monogomous because women evolved to prefer reliable providers over macho alpha males, a study has found. While physically imposing men hold a certain appeal, women long ago evolved to value qualities like loyalty and ...

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What Your Facebook Picture Says About Your Background

For millions of its Western users, the picture they choose to illustrate themselves on Facebook is an important decision to make. They know it can be the first impression that anyone in the world receives of them, so they're often deeply conscious ...

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Edible Stop Signs? A Few Red Chips in the Stack Cut Snacking in Half

Once you pop the top of a tube of potato chips, it can be hard to stop munching its contents. But Cornell researchers may have found a novel way to help: Add edible serving size markers that act as subconscious stop signs.

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Why We Lie

We like to believe that a few bad apples spoil the virtuous bunch. But research shows that everyone cheats a little—right up to the point where they lose their sense of integrity. We tend to think that people are either honest or dishonest. In ...

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Is that smile real or fake?

Do you smile when you’re frustrated? Most people think they don’t — but they actually do, a new study from MIT has found. What’s more, it turns out that computers programmed with the latest information from this research do a better job of ...

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