Evolution of Narcissism: Why We're Overconfident, and Why It Works

Believing you're better than you are may help you succeed, a new study says. For years, psychologists have observed that people routinely overestimate their abilities, said study leader Dominic Johnson, an evolutionary biologist at the University ...

Sep 17

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Why Is Self-Acceptance So Hard?

I've often said that shy, quiet people are some of the kindest people in the world. We're acutely in tune with others' feelings and willing to go out of our way to help someone. So why are we so hard on ourselves? Why do we find self-acceptance such ...

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Time on the Brain: How You Are Always Living In the Past, and Other ...

Neuroscientist Kathleen McDermott of Washington University began by quoting famous memory researcher Endel Tulving​, who called our ability to remember the past and to anticipate the future “mental time travel.” You don’t use the phrase ...

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Put Down That Game Controller: Researcher Suggests Video Games May ...

Wouldn't it be nice if all those hours kids spent glued to their PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or Nintendo DS video games actually resulted in something tangible? Better grades, perhaps? Improved concentration? Superior driving skills? Over the past ...

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How to Improve Your Life with Story Editing

People can change — but how? This is the central concern of “Redirect,” a new book by Timothy D. Wilson, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. Wilson offers a tour of recent scientific work on psychological change, with a ...

Sep 15

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Computerized Anxiety Therapy Found Helpful in Small Trial

An emerging therapy known as cognitive bias modification, in which software helps subjects divert attention away from anxiety and interpret situations more calmly, helped improve anxiety symptoms in a pilot-scale randomized controlled trial. A ...

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Read This Post Before You Send That Angry Email

There's something about the Internet--the quick responses, the anonymity--that almost begs for a hostile response. Online newspapers are being forced to devise policies about their comments sections that allow for healthy conversations but ...

Sep 14

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Primary Schoolchildren That Sleep Less Than 9 Hours Do Not Perform as ...

A study by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB in Spanish) and Ramón Llull University have researched the relationship between the sleeping habits, hours slept, and academic performance of children aged between six and seven years of age. ...

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The Changing Mental Health Aftermath of 9/11--Psychological "First ...

Our understanding of how people experience trauma--and how best to help them recover from it--has changed greatly in the past decade.Just watching television footage of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001​, was enough to cause clinically ...

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Quitting Smoking Enhances Personality Change

University of Missouri researchers have found evidence that shows those who quit smoking show improvements in their overall personality. "The data indicate that for some young adults smoking is impulsive," said Andrew Littlefield, a doctoral ...

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When You are Knocked Down, Get Up with a Smile

Why is it that some people are so alive and joyful while others are drab and lifeless? This is something we all know, yet never talk about. What makes some people seem fibrantly alive and others seem so lifeless and drab? Look to nature for ...

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Sept 2011 Issue of Ezine from Singapore Psychological Society

In this issue you will find an update by Bernard Lim, President of the SPS Council. There is a short write-up of everybody so you know who are serving you. AGM highlights and photos can also be found in this e-zine

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The Psychology of U.S. Reaction to 9/11

What do we know today about the psychology of 9/11 that we did not know immediately after the attacks? We knew immediately that the reaction to 9/11 was likely to be out of proportion to the human and material cost of the attacks we suffered. In ...

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Early motor experiences give infants a social jump start

In a new study published September 9 in the journal Developmental Science, researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Vanderbilt University found that early motor experiences can shape infants' preferences for objects and faces. The study ...

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Top Concentration Killers

Whether you're living with ADHD or just have trouble focusing from time to time, today's world is full of concentration killers. Psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD offers a few tips to manage distractions, starting with social media. It's easy to ...

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