When Being Beautiful Backfires

Or so we've been told by life experience as well as research finding. Better looking people get the benefit of the doubt, get away with bad behavior, and make more money than everyone else. Even babies spend more time staring at faces that the rest ...

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Restoring Happiness in People With Depression

Practicing positive activities may serve as an effective, low-cost treatment for people suffering from depression, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Duke University Medical Center. In "Delivering Happiness: ...

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What Causes Prejudice against Immigrants, and How Can It Be Tamed?

In the wake of the bombing in Oslo and the shooting on Utoya Island in Norway, the spotlight has focused on confessed perpetrator Anders Behring Breivik. What drove the Norwegian citizen with extremist right-wing views to these mass killings? ...

Jul 30

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Yoga Boosts Stress-Busting Hormone, Reduces Pain, Study Finds

A new study by York University researchers finds that practicing yoga reduces the physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women with fibromyalgia.The study is the first to look at the effects of yoga on cortisol levels in women with ...

Jul 28

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The Science Behind Dreaming

For centuries people have pondered the meaning of dreams. Early civilizations thought of dreams as a medium between our earthly world and that of the gods. In fact, the Greeks and Romans were convinced that dreams had certain prophetic powers. While ...

Jul 27

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Exercise Has Numerous Beneficial Effects On Brain Health and ...

It's no secret that exercise has numerous beneficial effects on the body. However, a bevy of recent research suggests that these positive effects also extend to the brain, influencing cognition. In a new review article highlighting the results of ...

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The unselfish gene

In 1976, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins wrote in The Selfish Gene: "If you wish, as I do, to build a society in which individuals cooperate generously and unselfishly towards a common good, you can expect little help from biological nature. ...

Jul 25

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Optimism Associated With Lower Risk of Having Stroke

A positive outlook on life might lower your risk of having a stroke, according to new research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. In an observational study, a nationally representative group of 6,044 adults over age 50 ...

Jul 22

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10 Psychological Keys to Job Satisfaction

If some job satisfaction surveys are to be believed then as many as a third of us are considering a change of job. Clearly many are finding it hard to get that feeling of satisfaction from work. Job satisfaction is important not just because it ...

Jul 21

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Schadenfreude: Why the News Corp Phone Hacking Scandal Makes Some ...

Until very recently, even Rupert Murdoch 's sharpest critics might have admitted to envying the 80-year-old arch-conservative News Corporation CEO, who built a far-reaching media empire almost from scratch and made himself outstandingly rich even ...

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How to understand your dreams

We all dream We have about five dream episodes per night. If you sleep for seven or eight hours you go through five sleep cycles, and in each of those sleep cycles you will dream for between 20 and 40 minutes. There are lots of theories about why we ...

Jul 19

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Adolescent Binge Drinking Can Damage Spatial Working Memory

Binge or "heavy episodic" drinking is prevalent during adolescence, raising concerns about alcohol's effects on crucial neuromaturational processes during this developmental period. Heavy alcohol use has been associated with decrements in cognitive ...

Jul 18

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Has the Internet become an external hard drive for the brain?

Last year's annual question posed by Edge was "How is the Internet changing the way you think?" Several psychologists answered that it was becoming an extension of their minds. "The Internet is a kind of collective memory,’ wrote Stephen Kosslyn ...

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Swarms of Locusts Use Social Networking to Communicate

Social studies of Facebook and Twitter have been adapted to gain a greater understanding of the swarming behaviour of locusts. The enormous success of social networking sites has vividly illustrated the importance of networking for humans; however ...

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What’s the real secret of Harry Potter, and how can you use it?

Over the past seven months, my seven-year-old and I have avidly devoured the full seven volumes of J.K. Rowling’s wondrously magical Harry Potter series. You might think that after 4091 pages of hearing about Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and ...

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