The Midas Touch Effect

The power of non-sexual touching by women lies in the fact that both men and women respond positively to warmth and friendliness from women, but not necessarily from men. Touch can affect people’s tendency to comply with requests (a phenomenon ...

Sep 1

Categories: Emotional Intelligence, Other

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Want To Study More Effectively? Sleep Between Study Sessions

Scientists already knew that getting some decent shut-eye after studying helps to consolidate learning, but new research suggests that sleeping in between study sessions is even more effective.

Aug 31

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Use it or Lose it: Study Shows Stopping Exercise Decreases Brain ...

We all know that we can quickly lose cardiovascular endurance if we stop exercising for a few weeks, but what impact does the cessation of exercise have on our brains?

Aug 31

Categories: Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia

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Is Being Clever Dangerous For Your Health?

First, it is important to ask how IQ and health could be connected. Social components are relatively obvious: lower IQ might mean lower level of knowledge about healthy living, for instance. Also, the gradual progression of some chronic diseases may ...

Aug 31

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Older people are Happier Year after year

Conventional notions have described aging as an ongoing process of physical and cognitive decline, with mental health mirroring the downward trend. However, a new study by researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine ...

Aug 30

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Happiness, Life Purpose / Meaning / ...

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How Long Do You Want to Live? Expectations Matter!

Why do some people want to live a very long time, while others would prefer to die relatively young? In a latest study, a team of researchers investigated how long young and middle-aged adults in the United States say they want to live in relation ...

Aug 30

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology, Life Purpose / ...

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Smiling could protect you from being stereotyped by gender or ...

When strangers meet, they jump to a lot of conclusions about each other extremely quickly - a process that psychologists call "thin slicing" in reference to the thinness of the evidence upon which such sweeping inferences are made. For instance, ...

Aug 29

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Cocaine, gambling, and ghosts: a day in the life of Hong Kong's ...

In Hong Kong's sprawling North District, superstition and social stigma hamper efforts to tackle mental illness, and the lack of space for counselling makes matters worse for staff with heavy caseloads.

Aug 29

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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On Finding Value in Boredom

We usually think of boredom as a state to be avoided. The existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard even went so far as to say that "boredom is the root of all evil". But in a new paper in Qualitative Research in Psychology, Tim Lomas at the ...

Aug 27

Categories: Emptiness, Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

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Sleep Helps You Learn Better

Getting some sleep in between study sessions may make it easier to recall what you studied and relearn what you've forgotten, even 6 months later. While studies have shown that both repeated practice and sleep can help improve memory, there is ...

Aug 27

Categories: Learning Difficulties, Workplace Issues

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Lowering your expectations can make you happier... but that doesn't ...

I took my Playbill. I found my seat. For nine months, I'd waited for it- the day printed on my ticket to see the hit Broadway show "Hamilton!"Just one thing slightly nagged at me: The pressure to love it as much as the massive fan base already ...

Aug 26

Categories: Happiness

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How do antidepressants trigger fear and anxiety?

More than 100 million people worldwide take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac and Zoloft, to treat depression, anxiety and related conditions, but these drugs have a common and mysterious side effect: they can worsen ...

Aug 26

Categories: Anxiety, Depression

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The Charisma Effect How to bend people to your will

In tough times, people want more in a leader than intelligence, integrity, or the ability to build really tall walls. They want someone who can make a compelling pitch and inspire a sense of urgency - someone with charisma. For decades, scholars ...

Aug 26

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The Truth about Lying

In his Fred Kavli Keynote Address at the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago, Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, explains the science behind dishonesty. Through his many experiments ...

Aug 25

Categories: Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance, Relationships & ...

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Gut instincts Increases Cooperation: Here's Why

Researchers have a long history of exploring what motivates people to cooperate - or not - and how to foster and encourage effective collaboration within and across groups. Psychological scientist David G. Rand (Yale University) recently took an ...

Aug 25

Categories: Workplace Issues

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