The Psychology Behind Gift-Giving and Generosity

A few weeks ago psychologist Dan Ariely, inspired by the holiday frenzy, pondered the hows and whys of gift-giving. Reading his piece—an endorsement of a behavioral economics view that challenges the rational economic contention that gift-giving ...

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Blogging May Help Teens Dealing With Social Distress

Blogging may have psychological benefits for teens suffering from social anxiety, improving their self-esteem and helping them relate better to their friends, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. "Research ...

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The Joy of Quiet

In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them — often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem ...

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Adults get it too

Speaking to Today, the 41-year-old US-born Singapore permanent resident admitted that his disorderly train of thoughts meant that he would never remember putting things back in their original places. While surfing the Internet, he gets easily ...

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Schizophrenia Diagnosis Associated With Progressive Brain Changes ...

Adolescents diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses appear to show greater decreases in gray matter volume and increases in cerebrospinal fluid in the frontal lobe compared to healthy adolescents without a diagnosis of psychosis, according ...

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5 Tips for Kicking Post-Holiday Blues

As the holiday season comes to an end, so, too, does the high octane way you've planned, shopped, traveled, and socialized. The holiday momentum of go, go, go, going screeches to a grinding halt. Problem is, all the neurochemistry you needed to ...

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Clinical cognitive test copyright bullying

James Grimmelmann, Associate Professor at New York Law School, has written on the takedown of an open-access cognitive screening test by the copyright holders of the Mini Mental State test. He says “any copyright claim here is legally weak and ...

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Key to School Improvement: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic ... and ...

A study of 20 elementary schools in Hawaii has found that a focused program to build social, emotional and character skills resulted in significantly improved overall quality of education, as evaluated by teachers, parents and students.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It's been 6 months since the website was launched. We appreciate the kind support from readers whether by commenting or sharing our site with others. We aspire to make this site more useful for everyone out there in 2012. From all of us at ...

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A Look Back at Psychology News in 2011

Which psychology career is one of the fastest growing occupations? What are some of the signs that a person might be lying? Psychology headlines from the past year explore these as well as many other topics. Learn more about some of the psychology ...

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Aging Brains Match Youth in Some Mental Tasks

Older people slow down to avoid making errors, but there may not be a uniform decline in all cognitive processes. Since physical abilities decline as people age, many people think the elderly are also less able to perform mental jumping jacks as ...

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The Virtual Workplace: Tips For Working From Anywhere

The number of companies encouraging their employees to work from home, on the road, or on a customer site has skyrocketed over the last decade. It is estimated that at least 10% of U.S. workforce telecommutes. This is 3 times the 2000 level. The ...

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People Don't Just Think With Their Guts: Logic Plays a Role Too

For decades, science has suggested that when people make decisions, they tend to ignore logic and go with the gut. But Wim De Neys, a psychological scientist at the University of Toulouse in France, has a new suggestion: Maybe thinking about logic ...

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Same-Sex Marriage Laws Reduce Doctor Visits And Health Care Costs For ...

Gay men are able to lead healthier, less stress-filled lives when states offer legal protections to same-sex couples, according to a new study examining the effects of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. The study, "Effect of ...

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Major Depression Requires Several Treatment Steps For Remission

During a 12-month period, 7% of all adults are affected by major depressive disorder, and approximately 1 in 6 individuals is affected by this major public health problem during his/her lifetime. A Seminar published Online First by The Lancet ...

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