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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Students may learn better from attractive lecturers

Alongside metrics like "uses a textbook", the popular Rate My Professors website gives students the option to score their lecturers' "hotness". This might not be as frivolous as it seems, at least according to a new paper in The Journal of General ...

Aug 24

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How sleep deprivation harms memory

For the first time, a study in mice, to be published in the journal eLife, shows that five hours of sleep deprivation leads to a loss of connectivity between neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with learning and memory.

Aug 24

Categories: Dementia, Sleep Disorders

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Curiosity Has the Power to Change Behavior for the Better

Piquing people’s interest can entice them to choose healthier behaviors over more tempting, unhealthy ones, study finds. New research shows that piquing people’s curiosity can influence their choices by steering them away from tempting desires, ...

Aug 23

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

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Psychologists Reveals Science Behind A Fulfilling Single Life

Single people have richer social lives and more psychological growth than married people. According to psychologist Bella DePaulo, it is time for a more accurate portrayal of single people and single life - one that recognizes the real strengths and ...

Aug 23

Categories: Happiness, Relationships & Marriage

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WHO Weighs Dropping Transgender Identity From List of Mental Disorders

The World Health Organization is moving toward declassifying transgender identity as a mental disorder in its global list of medical conditions, with a new study lending additional support to a proposal that would delete the decades-old designation. ...

Aug 23

Categories: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) Issues

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Study Supports New Strategy to Fight Cocaine Addiction

An international team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has found strong evidence supporting a new strategy against drug addiction. The researchers showed that a compound that inhibits the activity of certain brain-cell ...

Aug 22

Categories: Addictions

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When you are sleeping, how much does your brain pay attention to the ...

When I was 13, I once dreamt that a beautiful woman was sensuously stroking the palm of my hand, as a family of fridges hummed in the background. In reality, a huge, buzzing wasp had landed on my right hand. It idly walked around for a bit, then ...

Aug 22

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Watching someone suffer pain has a lasting effect on the brain

New research suggests that witnessing extreme pain – such as the injury or death of a comrade on the battlefield – has a lasting effect on how the brain processes potentially painful situations. A study of veterans from the Israeli Defence Force ...

Aug 20

Categories: Pain management

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The downside of being happy

The idea that sadness somehow kindles creativity is a popular and long-lasting one. The artistic canon appears to be full of people whose dark mental states kindled their brilliance but also brought their lives to an early end - such as Vincent van ...

Aug 20

Categories: Depression

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Why all the practice in the world can’t turn you into an Olympian

Practice makes perfect. It’s a mantra we hear all our lives, from simple refrains in kindergarten to the more nuanced versions that populate self-help books. It’s everywhere at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, as athletes credit the long ...

Aug 20

Categories: Sports Psychology

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When You Don't Feel Valued in a Relationship, Sleep Suffers

We spend up to one-third of our life asleep, but not everyone sleeps well. For couples, it turns out how well you think your partner understands and cares for you is linked to how well you sleep.

Aug 19

Categories: Relationships & Marriage, Sleep Disorders

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Researchers have figured out the one thing not to do in your online ...

The other day I was sitting on a train with a friend as she flicked through profiles on Bumble, an online dating service in which women have to reach out to men first. I watched her swipe left to reject a professional football team's worth of New ...

Aug 19

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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The Hidden Risks of Poor Sleep in Women

The science of sleep is woefully incomplete, not least because research on the topic has long ignored half of the population. For decades, sleep studies mostly enrolled men. Now, as sleep researchers are making a more concerted effort to study ...

Aug 19

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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Road Rage: A common phenomenon?

From flipping the bird to angry confrontation, aggressive driving has become common. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. drivers say they committed at least one antisocial act on the road in the past year. This problem has worsened over the past three years - ...

Aug 18

Categories: Anger Management

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