People with high emotional intelligence are more easily duped by ...

Although research has shown that most of us are hopeless at spotting lies, there's been speculation in the literature that a minority of people might be unusually talented fib-detectors. The evidence for these "wizards", as they've been called, ...

Jun 19

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More to facial perception than meets the eye

People make complex judgements about a person from looking at their face that are based on a range of factors beyond simply their race and gender, according to findings of new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council ...

Jun 18

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Creativity: Why You Should Seek Out Unusual or Downright Weird ...

Creative people can be a little weird. Great artists are often outsiders: they don't behave like us, they don't look like us and they don't think like us. True creativity is not the preserve of people who think the same as everyone else. ...

Jun 18

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Freud's Theory of Unconscious Conflict Linked to Anxiety Symptoms

A link between unconscious conflicts and conscious anxiety disorder symptoms have been shown, lending empirical support to psychoanalysis. An experiment that Sigmund Freud could never have imagined 100 years ago may help lend scientific support ...

Jun 18

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Persistence Is Learned from Fathers, Study Suggests

When the going gets tough, the tough ought to thank their fathers. New research from Brigham Young University shows that dads are in a unique position to help their adolescent children develop persistence. BYU professors Laura Padilla-Walker and ...

Jun 16

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The Belief in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion

Does what goes around come around? Do you get what's coming to you? Do you reap what you sow? Children are often heard to whine to their parents: "But that's not fair!" and their agitated parents reply: "Tough, life's not fair." With age you ...

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Anxious Mice Make Lousy Dads

Normally, male California mice are surprisingly doting fathers, but new research published in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology suggests that high anxiety can turn these good dads bad. Unlike most rodents, male and female ...

Jun 16

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Still Thinking About Your Ex? Why It’s Bad News for Your Current ...

When a relationship is going wrong, it is comforting to dwell on positive memories of an ex. Research found increased longing for ex-partners predicted declines in relationship quality, but only when focused on one’s most recent ex-partner. ...

Jun 15

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Why Smart People Are Stupid

A bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? The vast majority of people respond quickly and confidently, insisting the ball costs ten cents. This answer is both obvious and ...

Jun 15

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Don't feel like exercise? Scientists find compound that may help you ...

What if there were a pill that would make you want to exercise harder? It may sound strange, but a new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal suggests that it might be possible. That's because a team of Swiss researchers found that ...

Jun 15

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How to Master Making Good First Impressions

It sounds cliché, but you really only do have once chance to make a first impression. And although you might be sick to death of hearing your parents spout this platitude, the reality is that your network and connections can make or break you in ...

Jun 14

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Holy sacred cow! Why reactions to the exercise and depression trial ...

What do you believe about the effects of exercise and depression – and why do you believe it? Are you personally unenthusiastic about exercising, or are you closer to religious fervor about it? These are critical questions. Because it doesn’t ...

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Counselor Bias: The Real Reason Why Some People Think They're SO Smart

I’ve scanned the literature and so far I haven’t found the name for a bias that deserves one. So I’ll tentatively call it Counselor Bias: It’s the impression that we’re calm reasonable people, gained by giving calm reasoned counsel to ...

Jun 14

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How to Age Well - The importance of letting regrets go

The poem “Maud Muller” by John Greenleaf Whittier aptly ends with the line, “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’” What if you had gone for the risky investment that you later found out made ...

Jun 13

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Nature or nurture? It may depend on where you live

The extent to which our development is affected by nature or nurture – our genetic make-up or our environment – may differ depending on where we live, according to research funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. In a ...

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