10 Cool Psychology Jobs

There are lots of career paths in psychology beyond some of the "typical" options like clinical or counseling psychology. In fact, some of the most interesting job options might be those that you do not hear much about such as aviation psychology or ...

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Discrimination May Harm Your Health

Racial discrimination may be harmful to your health, according to new research from Rice University sociologists Jenifer Bratter and Bridget Gorman. Approximately 18 percent of blacks and 4 percent of whites reported higher levels of emotional upset ...

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What Is Classical Conditioning? (And Why Does It Matter?)

The most important thing to remember is that classical conditioning involves automatic or reflexive responses, and not voluntary behavior (that’s operant conditioning, and that is a different post). What does this mean? For one thing, that means ...

Jan 12

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Cue as to Why Alcohol Is Addicting: Drinking Releases Brain Endorphins

Drinking alcohol leads to the release of endorphins in areas of the brain that produce feelings of pleasure and reward, according to a study led by researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San ...

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'Tiger mothers' should tame parenting approach

The Eastern view of parenting, as defined by best-selling author and self-described "tiger mother" Amy Chua, is that children should be pushed to excel at all costs. Parents needn't worry about their happiness, she argues, only their success. But ...

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Sleep: The Key to Happiness?

Disrupted sleep is often a symptom associated with mood disorders, like depression, but researchers now believe that sleep problems may be a contributing factor in causing these disorders. Scientists presenting at the American College of ...

Jan 10

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A Guide To The Psychology Of Color In Logo Design

Color can be an important visual communications device that can intimately affect the psychology of the observer on a subconscious level. It can help determine a consumer’s relationship with a given product or company and play an important role in ...

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The importance of penis panics to cultural psychiatry

The Boston Globe has an excellent article about supposedly culture specific mental illnesses and how they are an ongoing puzzle for psychiatry’s diagnostic manual. These conditions are called culture-bound syndromes in the DSM but they’ve ...

Jan 9

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Finding Out Your Spouse is Gay

Being left by a spouse who says that the marriage is over is difficult and coming to terms with the loss can be excruciating. But when the marriage is over because your spouse turns out to be gay, there is a whole different layer of thoughts and ...

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Shame Is at the Root of Narcissistic, Borderline Personality Disorders

The "Boscia albitrunca" tree, called the "Tree of Life" because it offers sustenance to both humans and animals, grows in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Because of its parched environments, it needs a deep root system to gather as much water as ...

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Does The Weather Affect Your Mood?

Do grey skies make you blue or is it summer that gets your goat? When you tell people this, though, they don't believe it. Most of us intuitively think the weather has quite a strong effect on our mood. Many assume that the rain and cold weather ...

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Why we're better at predicting other people's behaviour than our own

Psychologists have identified an important reason why our insight into our own psyches is so poor. Emily Balcetis and David Dunning found that when predicting our own behaviour, we fail to take the influence of the situation into account. By ...

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Better research is needed to understand why elders are happier

Older people tend to be happier. But why? Some psychologists believe that cognitive processes are responsible -- in particular, focusing on and remembering positive events and leaving behind negative ones; those processes, they think, help older ...

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A gene for depression localized

Psychiatric disorders can be described on many levels, the most traditional of which are subjective descriptions of the experience of being depressed and the use of rating scales that quantify depressive symptoms. Over the past two decades, research ...

Jan 6

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Exercise Is Good for Your Waistline -- But It's a Writing Exercise

Is losing weight as simple as doing a 15-minute writing exercise? In a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, women who wrote about their most important values, like close relationships, ...

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