The Dark Side of Creativity

Creative individuals are more likely to be arrogant, good liars, distrustful, dishonest and maybe just a little crazy—OK, let's say eccentric. Psychological research has only recently begun examining the dark side of creativity but it's already ...

Feb 21

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Twitter Reveals People Are Happiest in the Morning

“Happy hour” is not when you might expect it to be, according to a new analysis of about half a billion Twitter messages from around the globe. On average, people are chipper when they wake up and become grouchy as the day wears on. This pattern ...

Feb 20

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5 Ways to Build Momentum to Accomplish Your Goals

In The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success, entrepreneur and publisher of SUCCESS magazine Darren Hardy discusses everything from achieving your goals to breaking bad habits to capturing momentum. He believes that success ...

Feb 20

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A journey through schizophrenia science

BBC Radio 4′s The Life Scientific recently profiled psychiatrist, schizophrenia researcher and stand-up chap, Robin Murray, who talks about how his understanding of the condition has drastically changed over the years. It’s a fascinating ...

Feb 20

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When Your 7-Year-Old Son Announces, 'I'm Gay'

Six months ago "gay" wasn't even a word in my son's vocabulary. He has always known that some of our male friends are married to men and some of our female friends to women, and it is such a normal part of his life that he never needed a special ...

Feb 18

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Learning to Cope with Google/ Information Overload

Google is chang­ing how humans think: “…the psy­chol­o­gists con­cluded that our reliance on the Inter­net has affected how we relate to information - instead of remem­ber­ing the infor­ma­tion itself, we just remem­ber where to find ...

Feb 18

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Brain Differences Found at 6 Months in Infants Who Develop Autism

A new study from the Infant Brain Imaging Network, which includes researchers at the Center for Autism Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), found significant differences in brain development starting at age 6 months in ...

Feb 18

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New Theory of Moral Behavior May Explain Recent Ethical Lapses in ...

For decades, sociologists have posited that individual behavior results from cultural expectations in the situation about how to act. In a study, "A Theory of the Self for the Sociology of Morality," published in the current issue of the journal ...

Feb 17

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Science of Speed Dating Helps Singles Find Love

Speed dating and other innovations in matchmaking can confound even the most focused dater, but simple tips can help. As a psychologist, I have always found the concept of speed dating fascinating. During a series of mini dates, each spanning no ...

Feb 17

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Why no one is satisfied with Psychiatric diagnoses in DSM

As the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is revised for the first time since 1994, controversy about psychiatric diagnosis is reaching a fever pitch. Suggested changes to the definitions of autism spectrum disorders and ...

Feb 17

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An Emerging Era of Big Data

Every era has its technological icons. In the early 20th century, it was the airplane and the automobile. In the mid-20th century, it was the television and the telephone. Now in the early 21st century, the smart phone and social networking appear ...

Feb 16

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Smoking Cessation Meds Shows Promise as Alcoholism Treatment, Study ...

A medication commonly used to help people stop smoking may have an unanticipated positive side effect for an entirely different vice: drinking alcohol. A new study by University of Chicago researchers finds that varenicline, sold as Chantix, ...

Feb 16

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Mental health problems worsen after cosmetic surgery

Are people who opt for medically unnecessary, cosmetic surgery psychologically vulnerable? Does having such surgery bring them psychological relief? These are tricky questions. There's actually evidence of increased mental health problems among ...

Feb 16

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Weight Loss Can Be Contagious, Study Suggests

Is weight loss "contagious"? According to a new study published online in the journal Obesity, teammates in a team-based weight loss competition significantly influenced each other's weight loss, suggesting that shedding pounds can have a ripple ...

Feb 15

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Can Humor and Laughter Boost Your Health?

One of the most popular beliefs regarding humor and laughter is that they are good for your health. There are many extraordinary claims regarding the health benefits associated with humor. Many people believe that humor and laughter can help you ...

Feb 15

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