Scientists Search for Source of Creativity

It takes two to tango. Two hemispheres of your brain, that is. USC researchers are working to pin down the exact source of creativity in the brain and have found that the left hemisphere of your brain, thought to be the logic and math portion, ...

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Virtuous Behaviors Sanction Later Sins

Anyone who has ever devoured a triple-chocolate brownie after an intense workout knows how tempting it can be to indulge after behaving virtuously. A new study suggests, however, that we often apply this thought process to inappropriate scenarios, ...

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What Do You Enjoy Doing?

Often, I hear people repeat the phrase, "Life is a journey, you have to enjoy the ride." I completely agree that it is important to enjoy the things you do each day. If you want to set up your life so that you can enjoy as many of the moments as ...

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When Our Eyes Serve Our Stomach

Our senses aren't just delivering a strict view of what's going on in the world; they're affected by what's going on in our heads. A new study finds that hungry people see food-related words more clearly than people who've just eaten. The study, ...

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New Computers Respond to Students' Emotions, Boredom

Emotion-sensing computer software that models and responds to students' cognitive and emotional states -- including frustration and boredom -- has been developed by University of Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Psychology Sidney D'Mello, Art ...

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Do Nice Guys (and Girls) Really Finish Last?

A new study out this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology put a new spin on the old "nice guys finish last" theory. Heralded by Dr. Timothy Judge from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, a series of ...

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Special Needs Children – Psychiatric Meds Need Attention

Most noteworthy: those children with ADHD symptoms on the surface, with a biomedical background set of challenges with special needs. So many children fit this difficult set of circumstances, and so often their underlying biology, their associated ...

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Increase Your Happiness with Daily Challenge

A wealth of psychology research informs us how to increase our well-being and happiness. It’s not doing any single big thing that will increase your happiness, but rather a whole host of small things. I believe that this remains a key, ...

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Are You Living a Lie?

Do you say one thing but do another? By this I don't mean you're a Walter Mitty type, or you turn into a superhero at sundown. No, I am simply asking whether parts of your life are out of sync with each other. Whether you ever say one thing yet do ...

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Depression: An Evolutionary Byproduct of Immune System?

Depression is common enough -- afflicting one in ten adults in the United States -- that it seems the possibility of depression must be "hard-wired" into our brains. This has led biologists to propose several theories to account for how depression, ...

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More Surprises About the Mind

Smelling the past. I don’t give much thought to odors, unless I have to purge one from the kitchen or car. So I had never considered the possibility that my ability to smell affects how I think and what I remember. But it turns out that that ...

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Changing Habits Is Easier If You Know the 3 Steps

Tips from the brilliant new book The Power of Habit. The Power of Habit book focuses primarily on how business organizations apply what I think of as "Charlie's rules for habit change" to upgrade their effectiveness. Charlie's three elements of ...

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Winning Makes People More Aggressive Toward the Defeated

In this world, there are winners and losers and, for your own safety, it is best to fear the winners. A new study found that winners - those who outperformed others on a competitive task - acted more aggressively against the people they beat than ...

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Greed Isn’t Good: Wealth Could Make People Unethical

As an individual’s wealth and status rise, so does their tendency to be unethical, concludes a new study of the relationship between socioeconomics and ethics. “Occupying privileged positions in society has this natural psychological effect of ...

Feb 29

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How the Brain Responds to Deceptive Advertising

Several specific regions of our brains are activated in a two-part process when we are exposed to deceptive advertising, according to new research conducted by a North Carolina State University professor. The work opens the door to further research ...

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