Dish Color Affects Serving Size

When dishes were the same color as the food served, people took bigger portions. One reason Americans have such a huge weight problem? Our dishware. When faced with a bigger plate, people are inclined to heap on—and consume—more food. And plate ...

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Male sex life suffers if partner is 'too close to his friends'

Middle-aged men are more likely to have a poor sex life if their wife is close to their friends because it undermines their masculinity, a study has found. Researchers concluded that the social networks shared by men and their female partners could ...

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Weighing up the causes of obesity

Stress can make you fat – and being obese can create stress. A new hypothesis seeks to explain how. Diet and lack of exercise are not sufficient to explain the worldwide rise in obesity. Stress is one of many other factors which could ...

Jan 20

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You're most creative when you're at your groggiest

Are you an evening person? Guess what? Early in the day, when you're bleary eyed, stumbling about in the fog of sleepiness, you're probably at your creative peak. In contrast, if you're a morning person, then for you, the evening is the best time ...

Jan 19

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Unhappy at work? The boss or the company may be to blame

If you are unhappy at work, it could be partly due to your boss' management style, according to a new study by Dr. Nicolas Gillet, from the Université François Rabelais in Tours in France, and his team. Both over-controlling managers who use ...

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Lack of sleep makes your brain hungry

New research from Uppsala University shows that a specific brain region that contributes to a person’s appetite sensation is more activated in response to food images after one night of sleep loss than after one night of normal sleep. Poor sleep ...

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Why Do I Find Porn More Exciting Than A Partner?

Growing evidence suggests that the problem is indeed in your head, not your penis, but that it is primarily physical. Specifically, overstimulation has produced plastic changes in your brain, which make you less responsive to pleasure—and yet ...

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The illusion of courage: Why people mispredict their behavior in ...

Whether it's investing in stocks, bungee jumping or public speaking, why do we often plan to take risks but then "chicken out" when the moment of truth arrives? In a new paper in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, scientists from the ...

Jan 18

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A Different Take on Perfectionism

As a rule of thumb, you’re operating within the realm of healthy perfectionism when your payoffs are greater than your costs, you are striving for and meeting standards you set for yourself, and you value organization. However, your unhealthy ...

Jan 18

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The Amazing Power of Regret to Shape Our Future

Why people are reluctant to exchange lottery tickets, but will happily exchange pens. Regret might not make a list of the most powerful emotions. It would probably include things like anger, happiness, jealousy, sadness and especially for us ...

Jan 17

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Does Depression Have an Upside?

Does depression have an upside? Is there some sort of evolutionary advantage for a person to become depressed, for instance, to re-evaluate their lives or perhaps a choice they made that led to their current depression? Most people who are ...

Jan 17

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Large and in Charge: Powerful People Overestimate Their Own Height

The psychological experience of power makes people feel taller than they are, according to research by ILR School associate professor of organizational behavior Jack Goncalo and a Washington University colleague. "Although a great deal of ...

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Obsessive smart phone users hear 'phantom vibrations'

Blackberries and iPhones are meant to help workers manage their workload by giving them access to messages and alerts while away from the office. But people become so obsessive about checking their email accounts and social networking sites that ...

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Gender Differences in Personality Are Larger than Previously Thought

A new study confirms that men's minds come from Mars and women's from Venus. In an article recently published in the online journal PLoS ONE, Italian cognitive psychologist Marco Del Giudice and his collaborators compared the personality traits of ...

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Couples' Friendships Make for Happier Marriages, Relationships

While the value of friendship has been well established for individuals, little had been known about the impact of married couples' forming and keeping friendships with other couples. These relationships often make for happier marriages and also ...

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