Tipping is more prevalent in countries that are more corrupt

Using data on tipping behaviour in 32 countries (collected from The International Guide to Tipping) and comparing this against the Corruption Perception Index, the researchers found that rates of corruption are higher in countries that tip more (the ...

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Baby, You Can Drive My Car

A recent study of couples in Hong Kong and the United States, reported in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, reveals that marital satisfaction of couples is higher when the spouses travel in the same direction to get to work. The study ...

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Is Xenophobia Now Maladaptive?

A good and wise friend who is a Jewish studies professor and a rabbi wrote me recently asking about the former adaptiveness and present maladaptiveness of xenophobia. The operative passage in his letter was, "In the global world, however, survival ...

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Researchers decipher manic gene

Flying high, or down in the dumps -- individuals suffering from bipolar dis­order alternate between depressive and manic episodes. Re­searchers from the University of Bonn and the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim have now discovered, ...

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Olympic Inspiration

What Olympic “moments” have inspired you? Maybe it was Michael Phelps winning a gazillion medals or Usain Bolt running faster than the speed of light. For me it was a guy I had never heard of until yesterday, Oscar Pistorius. This guy is ...

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Customer Service is an Emotional Experience

You can probably recall a customer service experience that left you feeling good. A recent study has shown not only that positive emotion from sales staff is contagious to a customer, but that a satisfied customer also improves the salesperson’s ...

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Glass shape influences how quickly we drink alcohol

Dr Angela Attwood and colleagues from Bristol's School of Experimental Psychology recruited 160 social drinkers aged 18-40 with no history of alcoholism to attend two experimental sessions. At one session they were asked to drink either lager or a ...

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Does Wisdom Really Come with Age? It Depends on the Culture

“Wisdom comes with winters,” Oscar Wilde once said. And it’s certainly comforting to think that aging benefits the mind, if not the body. But do we really get wiser as time passes? There are many way to define what exactly wisdom is, but ...

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Tricks From the Elderly to Stop Worrying

The elderly learn to disentangle themselves from feelings of negativity and seem to focus more on present situations that bring pleasure, rather than on the future, researchers say. They also tend to process negative information less deeply than ...

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Potential Drug Treatment for Cognitive Effects of Stress-Related ...

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have identified a potential medical treatment for the cognitive effects of stress-related disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study, conducted in a PTSD mouse model, ...

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Internet Addiction: Causes at the Molecular Level

The researchers from the University of Bonn and the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim compared the genetic makeup of the pro­blematic Internet users with that of healthy control individuals. This showed that the 132 subjects are more ...

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What are kindergartens really for?

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, author Robert Fulghum wrote in a book with that title some time ago. What he recalled was simple. "Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit." These and about a dozen similar lessons were the ...

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When to worry about kids' temper tantrums

Temper tantrums in young children can be an early signal of mental health problems, but how does a parent or pediatrician know when disruptive behavior is typical or a sign of a serious problem? New Northwestern Medicine research will give ...

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Can You Change Your Mood?

Ever heard somebody utter the phrase, “Somebody must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed!” in your general direction? Not only is it hugely irritating to be reminded that you aren’t feeling bright and cheery – the statement itself ...

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Understanding the Psychology of the American Idea of Choice

In a recent paper published in Psychological Science, Krishna Savani of the National University of Singapore Business School and Aneeta Rattan of Stanford University asked some of their participants to list five things they did during the previous ...

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