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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Ten Impressive Psychology Studies from 2011

Trying to name the ten best psychology studies from any year is extremely hard for a couple of reasons: (1) What one person defines as the "best" will be different than another person's definition, and (2) So many excellent studies are conducted ...

Dec 29

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The Hidden Logic of Deception

We lie to ourselves all the time. We tell ourselves that we are better than average -- that we are more moral, more capable, less likely to become sick or suffer an accident. It’s an odd phenomenon, and an especially puzzling one to those who ...

Dec 28

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How Compatible Are You Two?

My work with couples over the years has convinced me that any two people can connect on any combination of levels. Let's face it: some people form relationships in which the Mojo works in all areas, while other pairs have it going on in some areas ...

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Childhood Hypersensitivity Linked to OCD

In childhood, rituals like regular schedules for meal, bath, and bed times are a healthy part of behavioral development. But combined with oral and tactile sensitivities, such as discomfort at the dentist or irritation caused by specific fabrics, ...

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The Comfort of Ritual

Small rituals can build strong memories. I spent Sunday afternoon watching little girls dance with their fathers. It was a yearly father-daughter affair and I was playing in the band. The kids were having a great time doing allemande lefts, ...

Dec 27

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Merry Christmas!

Holiday Greetings from all of us at Psychology Matters Asia. This is the time of the year when people come together to rekindle their relationships. Although in Asia Christmas is not that big a part of the culture, it is still an opportunity to ...

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8 Ways To Forget Your Troubles

People have long tried tricks to aid their memories. One of the most useful of these so-called mnemonic devices, I’ve found, involves associating names with word pictures or with other people you know well. I was just at a party, for example, and ...

Dec 24

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Are You Emotionally Contagious?

Do others' emotions infect you, or are you the carrier? Why is it a more intense experience watching a scary or thriller movie with others than by oneself? How can a charismatic speaker seemingly "infect" an entire crowd with emotion, and how is ...

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Fearless Youth: Prozac Extinguishes Anxiety by Rejuvenating the Brain

New research shows that the antidepressant reduces fear in adult mice by increasing brain plasticity. Once adult lab mice learn to associate a particular stimulus—a sound, a flash of light—with the pain of an electric shock, they don't easily ...

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