8 Ways to Ignite Creativity You Might Not Consider

Like any skill, creativity needs to be nursed. As writer and stylist Erin Loechner said, “You get what you give.” The more time you spend actively engaging your creativity, the greater your chances of producing exciting and inventive ideas and ...

Dec 21

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Why Humans Are So Sociable These Days

Humans have evolved to become the most flexible of the primates and being able to live in lots of different social settings sets us apart from non-human primates, suggests research by University of Oxford and the University of Auckland. A ...

Dec 21

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Gift Psychology for this Christmas

If in doubt, give them what they want. A study published this year suggested people prefer receiving what they asked for, rather than a surprise gift. Don't bundle your gifts. Gift receivers rate a single high-value gift more positively than a ...

Dec 20

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Anatomy of a Megalomaniac: Psychological Analysis of Kim Jong-il from ...

Coolidge had developed a means of psychological evaluation using “informants,” people who knew or had historical or other expertise about a person. This test had been used previously to assess Hitler and Saddam Hussein and had been found to have ...

Dec 20

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One Trait Has Huge Impact On Whether Alcohol Makes You Aggressive

Drinking enough alcohol to become intoxicated increases aggression significantly in people who have one particular personality trait, according to new research. But people without that trait don't get any more aggressive when drunk than they ...

Dec 20

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8 Psychological Keys to Spending Wisely

n these economic times we could all use a little advice on how to spend our money wisely. Help comes from a new survey of research on money and happiness gloriously titled 'If Money Doesn't Make You Happy Then You Probably Aren't Spending It ...

Dec 19

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How Making A Plan Can Help You Meet New Year's Goals

When making New Year's resolutions this year, committing to a specific plan for when and where you are going to accomplish each goal will make you more likely to succeed, says a Wake Forest University psychology professor. In a recent study ...

Dec 19

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How Exercise Benefits the Brain

To learn more about how exercise affects the brain, scientists in Ireland recently asked a group of sedentary male college students to take part in a memory test followed by strenuous exercise. First, the young men watched a rapid-fire lineup of ...

Dec 17

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Traumatic Experiences May Make You Tough

Your parents were right: Hard experiences may indeed make you tough. Psychological scientists have found that, while going through many experiences like assault, hurricanes, and bereavement can be psychologically damaging, small amounts of trauma ...

Dec 17

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Bibliotherapy – The Healing Power of Books

In this era of tablets, videogames and virtual reality, it may seem anachronistic for kids to be told that “reading is good for you.” Though there are many ways in which reading can be beneficial for the education of youth, there are other ways ...

Dec 16

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Psychology researcher finds that second-guessing one's decisions ...

You're in search of a new coffee maker, and the simple quest becomes, well, an ordeal. After doing copious amounts of research and reading dozens of consumer reviews, you finally make a purchase, only to wonder: "Was this the right choice? Could I ...

Dec 16

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To understand addiction and relationships, watch “Shame”

It was as subtly about addiction’s toll on relationships, friendly, familial and romantic, as it was on the nature of the ...

Dec 15

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A brain's failure to appreciate others may permit human atrocities

"When we encounter a person, we usually infer something about their minds. Sometimes, we fail to do this, opening up the possibility that we do not perceive the person as fully human," said lead author Lasana Harris, an assistant professor in Duke ...

Dec 15

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Why Walking through a Doorway Makes You Forget

Scientists measure the "doorway effect," and it supports a novel model of human memory. The French poet Paul Valéry once said, “The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.” In that spirit, ...

Dec 14

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