Why Are People More Forgiving When They Get Older?

Forgiveness can be difficult. When someone does something wrong to you, it often takes time and effort to get beyond what they did and to forgive. A common observation, though, is that older people (in their 70s and 80s) are much more forgiving than ...

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Fitness Trackers Use Psychology to Motivate Couch Potatoes

When it comes to fitness trackers, the psychology behind them is just as important as the technology inside them. Gadgets like the Nike+ FuelBand, Fitbit Ultra and BodyMedia Fit Link use accelerometers, altimeters and algorithms to track ...

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What “The Love Bridge” Tells Us About How Thoughts and Emotions ...

How much control do you have over your emotions? Have you ever wondered why one person can speak in public without apparent nerves while another crumples under pressure? Or why one elite athlete can shake off their nerves to win Olympic gold ...

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Your Left Side Is Your Best Side: Our Left Cheek Shows More Emotion

Your best side may be your left cheek, according to a new study by Kelsey Blackburn and James Schirillo from Wake Forest University in the US. Their work shows that images of the left side of the face are perceived and rated as more pleasant than ...

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Scientists show how social interaction and teamwork lead to human ...

Scientists have discovered proof that the evolution of intelligence and larger brain sizes can be driven by cooperation and teamwork, shedding new light on the origins of what it means to be human. The researchers constructed computer models of ...

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Five Ways to Not Raise Bullies and Mean Girls

Quentin, 3-and-a-half, was happily darting around the playground, like usual, when out of nowhere another little boy ran right up and kicked him in the shins. Quentin looked stunned, like he couldn't believe what had just happened. But he didn't ...

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Toddlers don't take the risk of entrapment seriously

Thirty-two 17-month-old infants were allocated to one of two conditions - they either had to judge whether they could fit through a narrow gap (of varying widths) between two surfaces, or they had to judge whether they could fit though a narrow gap ...

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How Thinking About Death Can Lead to a Good Life

Thinking about death can actually be a good thing. An awareness of mortality can improve physical health and help us re-prioritize our goals and values, according to a new analysis of recent scientific studies. Even non-conscious thinking about ...

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Controlled study finds mind-body stress reduction techniques ...

A large randomised controlled study has found yoga and meditation techniques to be effective for stress reduction in the workplace. The study screened employees from a single company at two location to find healthy individuals who identified ...

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Depression in Teens Could Be Diagnosed with Blood Test

Can a psychiatric disorder be diagnosed with a blood test? That may be the future if two recent studies pan out. Researchers are figuring out how to differentiate the blood of a depressed person from that of someone without depression. In the ...

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DSM-5 and Bereavement Care

Based on continued discussion about the upcoming DSM-5 guidelines for diagnosing depression and “complicated grief” in the bereaved, I am compelled to post a follow-up on this thorny, complicated topic. While the impassioned position of ...

Apr 19

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Why You Should Choose Optimism

I’ve been bashing determinism and fatalism a lot lately, so I thought I’d write about an “ism” I like: optimism. For most of my career as a science journalist, I’ve been a pessimist, harping on all the goals that scientists will probably ...

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Researcher Explores the 'Word of Mouth' Paradox: What Makes a ...

Sarah Moore says that if you want your memorable family resort vacation to stay memorable, move away from the keyboard. Seriously. Moore researches how word-of-mouth stories affect our feelings about our experiences, and she has found that our ...

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Do men really think about sex every seven seconds?

Each time you turn on the television after 10pm, eavesdrop on a group of men at your local pub, or drive past a billboard, you’re likely to encounter some stereotypes about masculinity and men’s sexuality. We’re told that men’s minds are ...

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The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage

AT 32, one of my clients (I’ll call her Jennifer) had a lavish wine-country wedding. By then, Jennifer and her boyfriend had lived together for more than four years. The event was attended by the couple’s friends, families and two dogs. When ...

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