Media Violence Leads to Real Violence

A few short decades ago, the most violent scenes we were exposed to in the media involved Wile E. Coyote and an anvil. The nightly news did not display graphic evidence of riots or murders or even war. Movies did not market themselves based on the ...

Jan 28

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Are You a Happy Shopper? Research Website Helps You Find out

Psychologists have found that buying life experiences makes people happier than buying possessions, but who spends more of their spare cash on experiences? New findings published this week in the Journal of Positive Psychology reveal extraverts and ...

Jan 27

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Being You – Even When You'd Rather Not

My computer went down yesterday. It just shut off in the middle of the project. The whir of the fan quieted. The screen buzzed and went black and no amount of plugging and unplugging and rebooting would get it going again. So, I called my ...

Jan 27

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Can You Keep a Secret? Maybe You Shouldn’t, Even If You Can

People are horrible at keeping secrets. As in, really, really bad at it (no matter what anyone may tell you to the contrary). And you know what? We’re right to be. Just like the two Rhesus Macaques in the picture above, we have an urge to spill ...

Jan 26

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Being Ignored Hurts, Even by a Stranger

Feeling like you're part of the gang is crucial to the human experience. All people get stressed out when we're left out. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that a feeling of ...

Jan 26

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Magic Mushrooms For Depression

It seems the tide of opinion against illegal drugs is turning once again with scientists proclaiming that the Psilocybin Mushroom, popular with party goers and better known as Shrooms or Magic Mushrooms, should be successful for treating people with ...

Jan 26

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Cohabitating Valentines Are Happier Than Wedded Couples

When it comes to the well-being of married versus cohabitating Valentines, wedded couples experience few advantages in psychological well-being and social ties, according to a new study at Cornell University. The study, "Reexamining the Case for ...

Jan 25

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Narcissistic Men May Pay With Their Health

Men with an inflated view of their importance, who are incapable of putting themselves in other people's shoes and who see themselves as "special" and superior to others, some of the traits of a narcissistic personality, may pay for this with their ...

Jan 25

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Powerful Psychiatrists Push False Theory on Unknowing Souls

It is widely believed that National Public Radio has a liberal bias. Let us then consider the following: Yesterday on "Morning Edition,"(1) several psychiatrists acknowledged there is not a shred of evidence that low serotonin level causes ...

Jan 25

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Here at Psychology Matters Asia, we wish everyone a very prosperous and magnificent Dragon New Year!

Jan 21

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Gossip 'helps calm you down'

Gossip is healthy because it helps calm you down and is important in maintaining social order, a new study claims. Idle chatter in the workplace or over a coffee is often viewed as a damaging habit which spreads salacious rumours and harms people's ...

Jan 21

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Good Intentions Ease Pain, Add to Pleasure

A nurse's tender loving care really does ease the pain of a medical procedure, and grandma's cookies really do taste better, if we perceive them to be made with love -- suggests newly published research by a University of Maryland psychologist. The ...

Jan 21

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Is psychological well-being what is missing in patients who have ...

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a stress-related functional somatic syndrome consisting of musculoskeletal pain and tenderness, and additional symptoms such as fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Factors such as ill-being, often assessed as negative ...

Jan 21

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Dish Color Affects Serving Size

When dishes were the same color as the food served, people took bigger portions. One reason Americans have such a huge weight problem? Our dishware. When faced with a bigger plate, people are inclined to heap on—and consume—more food. And plate ...

Jan 20

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