Testosterone Promotes Agression Automatically

New research suggests that testosterone may make us more aggressive without us consciously feeling any aggression. Testosterone has a lot of roles—some good, some perhaps counterproductive. Now research suggests that testosterone can make people ...

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New Studies Challenge Established Views About Development of Children ...

In a final comment on Regnerus' research, Pennsylvania State University, sociologist and professor Paul Amato points out, "If growing up with gay and lesbian parents were catastrophic for children, even studies based on small convenience samples ...

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The Cognitive Behavioral Miracle – Controlling your Emotions

Most people who have never experienced a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) session, or at least read about it, tend to share the notion that what psychologists do is pretty much listen to your problems, sometimes offer advice and different points ...

Jun 9

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Why Wearing Fakes Makes Us Cheat More

The same principle could also apply to fashion accessories. Carrying a real Prada bag—even if no one else knows it is real—could make us think and act a little differently than if we were carrying a counterfeit one. Which brings us to the ...

Jun 9

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Does Cooperation Require Both Reciprocity and Alike Neighbors?

Evolution by definition is cold and merciless: it selects for success and weeds out failure. It seems only natural to expect that such a process would simply favour genes that help themselves and not others. Yet cooperative behaviour can be observed ...

Jun 9

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How to correct for a bias that stop us learning from our mistakes

Going into business for yourself is scary. Despite all the potential rewards, compared with getting a safe job with a big firm, being an entrepreneur means accepting huge risks. One study asked 705 entrepreneurs who were about to start up a new ...

Jun 8

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What Does It Mean to Be Cool? It May Not Be What You Think

Do rebelliousness, emotional control, toughness and thrill-seeking still make up the essence of coolness? "We have a kind of a schizophrenic coolness concept in our mind," Dar-Nimrod said. "Almost any one of us will be cool in some people's ...

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D-cycloserine Enhances PTSD Psychotherapy

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is among the most common, distressing, and disabling medical consequences of combat or other extremely stressful life events. The first-line treatment for PTSD is exposure therapy, a type of behavioral therapy ...

Jun 8

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When Good People Behave Badly

Perhaps the most notorious example of harmful behavior ever captured in a research lab comes from Stanley Milgram's work on obedience to authority. In these studies—ostensibly investigations of punishment and learning—a majority of people ...

Jun 7

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The Power of Suggestion: What We Expect Influences Our Behavior, for ...

Across many studies, research has shown that deliberate suggestion can influence how people perform on learning and memory tasks, which products they prefer, and how they respond to supplements and medicines, which accounts for the well-known ...

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Psychologists: Awesomeness Is Good For You

A seriously cool study is coming out later this year in Psychological Science on the benefits of awe. Awe, which describes a "feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder" and comes from the old Norse word for "terror," seems like a ...

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Exercise does not lift depression, research suggests

A study into whether physical activity alleviates the symptoms of depression has found there is no benefit. Research published in the British Medical Journal suggests that adding a physical activity intervention to usual care did not reduce ...

Jun 6

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Mental Imagery Technique Helps Abuse Victims

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse commonly report lingering feelings of being contaminated. This effect can lead to problems with self-esteem and body image, relationship trouble, and behavioral issues such as obsessive washing. Now a study in the ...

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Magazine Trends Study Finds Increase in Advertisements Using Sex

Sex sells, or at least that is what advertisers hope. A recent study from the University of Georgia looked at sexual ads appearing in magazines over 30 years and found that the numbers are up. "Advertisers use sex because it can be very effective," ...

Jun 6

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The new science of "Phew!"

There's a childish prank I never tire of. As soon as we've left the house and the front-door has slammed shut, I pat down all my pockets and say nervously to my companion "Er, you've got the keys, right?". Then, just when their dismay at the ...

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