Merry Christmas!

Holiday Greetings from all of us at Psychology Matters Asia. This is the time of the year when people come together to rekindle their relationships. Although in Asia Christmas is not that big a part of the culture, it is still an opportunity to ...

Dec 24

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8 Ways To Forget Your Troubles

People have long tried tricks to aid their memories. One of the most useful of these so-called mnemonic devices, I’ve found, involves associating names with word pictures or with other people you know well. I was just at a party, for example, and ...

Dec 24

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Are You Emotionally Contagious?

Do others' emotions infect you, or are you the carrier? Why is it a more intense experience watching a scary or thriller movie with others than by oneself? How can a charismatic speaker seemingly "infect" an entire crowd with emotion, and how is ...

Dec 24

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Fearless Youth: Prozac Extinguishes Anxiety by Rejuvenating the Brain

New research shows that the antidepressant reduces fear in adult mice by increasing brain plasticity. Once adult lab mice learn to associate a particular stimulus—a sound, a flash of light—with the pain of an electric shock, they don't easily ...

Dec 23

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The Brush The Pen and Recovery

A documentary of the Cottage Studio in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where those with serious mental illnesses may pursue art. The artists had the opportunity to prepare for and hang a show of their work at an opening at a commercial gallery. The ...

Dec 23

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We Are Natural Born Multi-Taskers

Imagine you're a hockey goalie, and two opposing players are breaking in alone on you, passing the puck back and forth. You're aware of the linesman skating in on your left, but pay him no mind. Your focus is on the puck and the two approaching ...

Dec 22

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Afraid Of Marriage Or The Ravages Of Divorce?

With the share of married adults at an all-time low in the United States, new research by demographers at Cornell University and the University of Central Oklahoma unveils clues why couples don't get married - they fear divorce. Among ...

Dec 22

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8 Ways to Ignite Creativity You Might Not Consider

Like any skill, creativity needs to be nursed. As writer and stylist Erin Loechner said, “You get what you give.” The more time you spend actively engaging your creativity, the greater your chances of producing exciting and inventive ideas and ...

Dec 21

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Why Humans Are So Sociable These Days

Humans have evolved to become the most flexible of the primates and being able to live in lots of different social settings sets us apart from non-human primates, suggests research by University of Oxford and the University of Auckland. A ...

Dec 21

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Gift Psychology for this Christmas

If in doubt, give them what they want. A study published this year suggested people prefer receiving what they asked for, rather than a surprise gift. Don't bundle your gifts. Gift receivers rate a single high-value gift more positively than a ...

Dec 20

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Anatomy of a Megalomaniac: Psychological Analysis of Kim Jong-il from ...

Coolidge had developed a means of psychological evaluation using “informants,” people who knew or had historical or other expertise about a person. This test had been used previously to assess Hitler and Saddam Hussein and had been found to have ...

Dec 20

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One Trait Has Huge Impact On Whether Alcohol Makes You Aggressive

Drinking enough alcohol to become intoxicated increases aggression significantly in people who have one particular personality trait, according to new research. But people without that trait don't get any more aggressive when drunk than they ...

Dec 20

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8 Psychological Keys to Spending Wisely

n these economic times we could all use a little advice on how to spend our money wisely. Help comes from a new survey of research on money and happiness gloriously titled 'If Money Doesn't Make You Happy Then You Probably Aren't Spending It ...

Dec 19

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