What You Need to Succeed - and How to Find Out If You Have It

Whether you succeed at work may depend on many factors—intelligence, empathy, self-control, talent and persistence, to name a few. But one determinant may outweigh many of these: how you perceive those around you. New research suggests that your ...

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Facebook Use Elevates Mood, New Study Shows

People visit social networking sites such as Facebook for many reasons, including the positive emotional experience that people enjoy and want to repeat, according to an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed ...

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New test to determine an individual's mental health state developed ...

This new tool has 47 statements that describe how one reacts in stressful situations. Individuals rate how accurately each statement describes them on a scale of one to six. The higher the number, the more positive one's mental health is. The ...

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Multiple-Choice Tests: Why Sticking With Your First Answer is ...

The standard advice for multiple-choice tests is: if in doubt, stick with your first answer. College students believe it: about 75% agree that changing your first choice will lower your score overall (Kruger et al., 2005). Instructors believe it as ...

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How Emotions Jump from Face to Face

A man's face can "grab" anger from someone standing nearby. But a woman's face tends to grab happiness. Disability advocates were seeing red after two elderly women with medical conditions were allegedly strip-searched by TSA agents at New York’s ...

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Young Love Really Can Hurt: Parents Can Use Valentine's Month to ...

Teen dating: it's a subject that causes many parents to shudder and shy away. But romance is a fact of life for young people, and parents can use Valentine's Day to start important conversations with their teens or pre-teens that can make dating and ...

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Psychology Professor Writes Poorly Focused Article about Ritalin in ...

On January 29, 2012, the New York Times Sunday Review of the Week featured a piece entitled , "Ritalin Gone Wrong." Written by L. Alan Sroufe, Ph.D., a retired psychology professor. The article is poorly focused: its central claim that Ritalin ...

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Where do you draw the line between accommodating others and being ...

I am not an accommodating person. I draw a line quickly and if you cross it, well that’s it for our relationship. When I was younger, I was just too nice and accommodating and that allowed people around me really take advantage of me. I took a lot ...

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Positive parenting during early childhood may prevent obesity

Programs that support parents during their child's early years hold promise for obesity prevention, according to a new study in the online February 6 issue of Pediatrics. Today, one out of five American children is obese. Young children who are ...

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Psychological Diagnosis: Dangerous, Desirable, or Both?

How do labels hurt and how can they be helpful? Calling yourself an anxious person, for instance, can put you at risk for ignoring the many times that you feel relaxed, playful, and loving. Label your friend a narcissist and you risk losing sight ...

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Internet addiction changes brain similar to cocaine: Study

Can a person be truly addicted to the Internet? A new brain scan study shows not only can that be the case, but also that Internet addiction might cause the same brain changes that are seen in alcoholics and drug addicts. For the study, published ...

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Duck/Rabbit Illusion Provides a Simple Test of Creativity

The well-known known illusion above can be seen in two ways: as both a duck and a rabbit. Which do you see first? And if you see one, can you also see the other? Most people see the duck first and can flip between the two representations, but the ...

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Schizophrenia: When Hallucinatory Voices Suppress Real Ones, New ...

When a patient afflicted with schizophrenia hears inner voices something is taking place inside the brain that prevents the individual from perceiving real voices. A simple electronic application may help the patient learn to shift focus. "The ...

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Synchronized Eating: Social Influences on Eating Behavior

New research published today in the journal PLoS ONE indicates that the same sort of behavioral mimicry is responsible for social eating, at least among university-age women of normal weight. That’s right: the young women were more likely to ...

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