The Advantages of Being First

How people make choices depends on many factors, but a new study finds people consistently prefer the options that come first: first in line, first college to offer acceptance, first salad on the menu -- first is considered best. In three ...

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The Psychology of Flow

When the happiness and creativity expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was studying how painters work, he noticed an odd thing. When their painting was going well they didn't care about getting tired, hungry or uncomfortable, they just carried on. But ...

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Teen Sexting Prevalent: Nearly 30 Percent Send Nude Pictures Despite ...

more than 1 in 4 adolescents have sent a nude picture of themselves through electronic means, about half have been asked to send a nude picture, and about a third have asked for a nude picture to be sent to them. Boys were more likely to ask and ...

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Autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may share common ...

New research points to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) among individuals whose parents or siblings have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. "The results were very consistent in large samples from several ...

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Gene Neuritin links Chronic stress to Depression in new Study

We know stress correlates with depression and that stress can produce depressive like symptoms in animals. But this paper? This paper is very new, and very cool! Not because it shows a link between stress and depression. This new finding, the ...

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Day Dreaming Good for You? Reflection Is Critical for Development and ...

As each day passes, the pace of life seems to accelerate -- demands on productivity continue ever upward and there is hardly ever a moment when we aren't, in some way, in touch with our family, friends, or coworkers. While moments for reflection may ...

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"Beauty in the eyes of the beer holder" - people who think they're ...

The beer-goggle effect is well-documented - the way that being drunk makes everyone look wonderfully attractive. A new study asks whether the goggles work backwards. Does being drunk affect how we judge our own appeal? Laurent Bègue and her team ...

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Rat City: Effects of Overcrowding on Human Population

Calhoun's 'Rat City' experiment is a nightmare for animal rights activists yet it produced so many interesting results it has to go down as one of the most famous psychology experiments of all time. Maybe it does not apply exactly to human ...

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Gluten Sensitivity and Schizophrenia

The epidemic of anxiety surrounding gluten-related issues is astounding. A new study might increase the panic even more among mothers-to-be as it reports an increased risk of schizophrenia in children born to gluten-sensitive mothers. The study, ...

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Unethical behavior can become contagious

While it is natural to first wonder why someone would engage in fraud or how it could go on for so many years, it is also important to consider how a fraudulently inflated performance affects others. That is, if someone gets ahead by secretly ...

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9 Simple Suggestions That Change People’s Perceptions

Can we improve our own and other people's lives with the simple power of suggestion? How strong is the power of suggestion? Is it really possible to change how people think by making small changes to their expectations? One of the most famous ...

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New Study Suggests Early Risers Have Better Emotional Control, Coping ...

A new study done by Brazilian researchers suggests that people whose internal clocks are set later (meaning their natural preference is to stay up later at night and sleep in later in the mornings) are less emotionally stable than those whose ...

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How can work be addictive?

You've been moping at home all week, your partner wisely giving you space as he senses how antsy you are. Then the phone goes: a buddy has scored, and it's a big one. Do you want in? You only want to know two things: when and where. The weeks ...

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Experiments Show We Really Can Learn While We Sleep

The idea that you can learn new things through some sort of magical mental osmosis while you sleep has long been wishful thinking. But a new study by Northwestern University researchers indicates that, depending on what we hear during the night, it ...

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How to reverse the Bystander Effect

You see a shopper trip over in a busy street. Someone else can help. That's what you tell your conscience. This is the Bystander Effect in action - the dilution of our sense of responsibility in the presence of other people - and it's been ...

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