More Surprises About the Mind

Smelling the past. I don’t give much thought to odors, unless I have to purge one from the kitchen or car. So I had never considered the possibility that my ability to smell affects how I think and what I remember. But it turns out that that ...

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Changing Habits Is Easier If You Know the 3 Steps

Tips from the brilliant new book The Power of Habit. The Power of Habit book focuses primarily on how business organizations apply what I think of as "Charlie's rules for habit change" to upgrade their effectiveness. Charlie's three elements of ...

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Winning Makes People More Aggressive Toward the Defeated

In this world, there are winners and losers and, for your own safety, it is best to fear the winners. A new study found that winners - those who outperformed others on a competitive task - acted more aggressively against the people they beat than ...

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Greed Isn’t Good: Wealth Could Make People Unethical

As an individual’s wealth and status rise, so does their tendency to be unethical, concludes a new study of the relationship between socioeconomics and ethics. “Occupying privileged positions in society has this natural psychological effect of ...

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How the Brain Responds to Deceptive Advertising

Several specific regions of our brains are activated in a two-part process when we are exposed to deceptive advertising, according to new research conducted by a North Carolina State University professor. The work opens the door to further research ...

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Stress Changes How People Make Decisions

Trying to make a big decision while you’re also preparing for a scary presentation? You might want to hold off on that. Feeling stressed changes how people weigh risk and reward. A new article published in Current Directions in Psychological ...

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How The Mind Really Works: 10 Counterintuitive Psychology Studies

Ten psychological findings that challenge our intuitive view of how our minds work. Some critics say psychology is just common sense, that it only confirms things we already know about ourselves. Ironically this can be difficult to argue with ...

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Eye-Tracking Reveals Variability in Successful Social Strategies for ...

In a study published in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Katherine Rice and colleagues, from the Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of ...

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Contempt: The Number One Sign of Marital Trouble

Couples who show contempt are much more likely to get divorced. University of Washington Psychologist John Gottman says he can predict with 95% accuracy whether a marriage will end in divorce within 15 years by microanalyzing a videotape of the pair ...

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Training Parents Is Good Medicine for Children With Autism Behavior ...

Children with autism spectrum disorders who also have serious behavioral problems responded better to medication combined with training for their parents than to treatment with medication alone, Yale researchers and their colleagues report in the ...

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Bursting balloons and anxious faces

You're at the newsagents on a Saturday afternoon about to buy ten pounds worth of lottery tickets, but your friend's look of alarm makes you think again - the risk of losing all that money for no gain, just isn't worth it. This ability for other ...

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Trying to Find a Cry of Desperation Amid the Facebook Drama

For adolescents, Facebook and other social media have created an irresistible forum for online sharing and oversharing, so much so that endless mood-of-the-moment updates have inspired a snickering retort on T-shirts and posters: “Face your ...

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Phobia's effect on perception of feared object allows fear to persist

The more afraid a person is of a spider, the bigger that individual perceives the spider to be, new research suggests. In the context of a fear of spiders, this warped perception doesn't necessarily interfere with daily living. But for individuals ...

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Long work hours can cause depression

Routinely putting in extra hours at the office can put a strain on your social life. But can too much overtime cause depression? Scientists put the question to the test in a study of more than 2,000 white-collar workers. Previous research hinted ...

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