The Amazing Power of Regret to Shape Our Future

Why people are reluctant to exchange lottery tickets, but will happily exchange pens. Regret might not make a list of the most powerful emotions. It would probably include things like anger, happiness, jealousy, sadness and especially for us ...

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Does Depression Have an Upside?

Does depression have an upside? Is there some sort of evolutionary advantage for a person to become depressed, for instance, to re-evaluate their lives or perhaps a choice they made that led to their current depression? Most people who are ...

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Large and in Charge: Powerful People Overestimate Their Own Height

The psychological experience of power makes people feel taller than they are, according to research by ILR School associate professor of organizational behavior Jack Goncalo and a Washington University colleague. "Although a great deal of ...

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Obsessive smart phone users hear 'phantom vibrations'

Blackberries and iPhones are meant to help workers manage their workload by giving them access to messages and alerts while away from the office. But people become so obsessive about checking their email accounts and social networking sites that ...

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Gender Differences in Personality Are Larger than Previously Thought

A new study confirms that men's minds come from Mars and women's from Venus. In an article recently published in the online journal PLoS ONE, Italian cognitive psychologist Marco Del Giudice and his collaborators compared the personality traits of ...

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Couples' Friendships Make for Happier Marriages, Relationships

While the value of friendship has been well established for individuals, little had been known about the impact of married couples' forming and keeping friendships with other couples. These relationships often make for happier marriages and also ...

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Do Nice Guys Finish Last Financially?

Ah yes, that perennial palliative aphorism for the broken-hearted and post-hoc rationalization for the ruthless: nice guys finish last. But is the old saying true? If size (of your financial statement) matters, then the answer just may be ...

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Teacher's Role in a Successful Behavior Plan

Over the last few years I have been very busy working with teachers to create individualized behavior plans for several different elementary school students. There have been amazingly successful plans where some of the most significant behavior ...

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Internet addiction causes brain changes similar to alcohol and drugs, ...

Internet addiction causes changes in the brain similar to that normally seen in people addicted to alcohol and drugs such as cocaine and cannabis, a study has found. Researchers in China scanned the brains of 17 young web addicts and found that ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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