The unselfish gene

In 1976, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins wrote in The Selfish Gene: "If you wish, as I do, to build a society in which individuals cooperate generously and unselfishly towards a common good, you can expect little help from biological nature. ...

Jul 25

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Optimism Associated With Lower Risk of Having Stroke

A positive outlook on life might lower your risk of having a stroke, according to new research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. In an observational study, a nationally representative group of 6,044 adults over age 50 ...

Jul 22

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10 Psychological Keys to Job Satisfaction

If some job satisfaction surveys are to be believed then as many as a third of us are considering a change of job. Clearly many are finding it hard to get that feeling of satisfaction from work. Job satisfaction is important not just because it ...

Jul 21

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Schadenfreude: Why the News Corp Phone Hacking Scandal Makes Some ...

Until very recently, even Rupert Murdoch 's sharpest critics might have admitted to envying the 80-year-old arch-conservative News Corporation CEO, who built a far-reaching media empire almost from scratch and made himself outstandingly rich even ...

Jul 20

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How to understand your dreams

We all dream We have about five dream episodes per night. If you sleep for seven or eight hours you go through five sleep cycles, and in each of those sleep cycles you will dream for between 20 and 40 minutes. There are lots of theories about why we ...

Jul 19

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Adolescent Binge Drinking Can Damage Spatial Working Memory

Binge or "heavy episodic" drinking is prevalent during adolescence, raising concerns about alcohol's effects on crucial neuromaturational processes during this developmental period. Heavy alcohol use has been associated with decrements in cognitive ...

Jul 18

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Has the Internet become an external hard drive for the brain?

Last year's annual question posed by Edge was "How is the Internet changing the way you think?" Several psychologists answered that it was becoming an extension of their minds. "The Internet is a kind of collective memory,’ wrote Stephen Kosslyn ...

Jul 16

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Swarms of Locusts Use Social Networking to Communicate

Social studies of Facebook and Twitter have been adapted to gain a greater understanding of the swarming behaviour of locusts. The enormous success of social networking sites has vividly illustrated the importance of networking for humans; however ...

Jul 15

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What’s the real secret of Harry Potter, and how can you use it?

Over the past seven months, my seven-year-old and I have avidly devoured the full seven volumes of J.K. Rowling’s wondrously magical Harry Potter series. You might think that after 4091 pages of hearing about Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and ...

Jul 14

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The Stanford Prison Experiment: 40 Years Later

This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the social psychology experiment in which psychologist Philip Zimbardo placed participants in a simulated prison environment in order to explore how situational variables impact human behavior. In the ...

Jul 13

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Therapeutic Factors: The Power of Universality, Cohesion & Hope

Why are 12-step programs so effective? Universality, cohesion, and hope. Although AA may be the best known of the 12-step support programs the powerful effects of universality, cohesion and hope can happen anytime there is a homogeneous group: ...

Jul 12

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Key Early Skills for Later Math Learning Discovered

Psychologists at the University of Missouri have identified the beginning of first grade math skills that teachers and parents should target to effectively improve children's later math learning. A long-term psychology study indicates that beginning ...

Jul 12

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Experience Corps: Promoting Healthy, Meaningful Aging Through Social ...

Over the last decade, scientists made two key discoveries that reframed our understanding of the adult brain’s potential to benefit from lifelong environmental enrichment. First, they learned that the adult brain remains plastic; it can generate ...

Jul 11

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Creativity for the Cautious

Do you like surprises? If you do, it may surprise you to learn that a lot of other people don't. Our natural ability (or lack thereof) to deal with surprising situations and the uncertainty they generate may have an important role to play in our ...

Jul 9

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Thinking globally to improve mental health

Mental health experts are calling for a greater world focus on improving access to care and treatment for mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders, as well as increasing discoveries in research that will enable this goal to be met. ...

Jul 8

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