A faster and more reliable way to learn?

A state of novelty has proven to be an effective AND efficient way to learn - our brain tells us so!

Nov 17

Categories: Other


The Problem With IQ

When a single number is used to determine future actions, such as placement in a school or organization, the concept of IQ is at its worst! What exactly is an IQ score, and what should it not be?

Nov 13

Categories: Other


Want to Give a Good Gift? Think Past the “Big Reveal”

The first Christmas decorations have been set up all around Singapore, and shops are advertising holiday specials – the time to do your Christmas shopping is close! Not sure what would be a good present? Psychologists have researched what to ...

Nov 9

Categories: Other


Risk Perception: Why We Worry About Shark Attacks, Not Car Crashes

The risk of a deadly encounter with a shark is 1 in 3,748,067 while the lifetime risk of dying in a car crash is a staggering 1 in 84 - still most people are more afraid of shark attacks than car crashes. New Zealand psychological scientists have ...

Nov 2

Categories: Fear, Other


How to Take (Better) Breaks

So far surprisingly little research investigated employee breaks at work, and even less research provided prescriptive suggestions for better workday breaks in terms of when, where, and how break activities are most beneficial. After analyzing data ...

Nov 1

Categories: Other, Stress Management, Workplace Issues


Five Habits to Becoming a Morning Person

Do you ever struggle to get out of bed in the morning? Is the snooze button your friend or foe? Most of us are not morning people, but would like to be. Here is a list of life hacks by health and lifestyle editor Sophie Mellor that can help you wake ...

Oct 26

Categories: Other


Playing Up the Benefits of Play at Work

From a traditional point of view, dedication to ones work life and sustaining a good work ethic are highly important to succeed in life, while playing around and lacking focus are portrayed as the enemy. Research, however, has shown that play can ...

Oct 17

Categories: Other, Workplace Issues


Self-Driving Cars Face Psychological Speed Bumps

The industry and regulators seem ready to embrace autonomous cars, but are consumers? Many people are uncomfortable with a car figuring out who to harm in a situation where a collision is unavoidable. Even after manufacturers demonstrate that ...

Oct 12

Categories: Other


Does Using Facebook Make People Lonelier?

Does social media use strengthen relationships, or does it displace offline interactions? New research identifies compares two contradicting hypotheses on the complicated relationship between loneliness and social internet use.

Oct 11

Categories: Friendships, Other, Social Isolation


How Feeling Full Can Make You Want to Eat More

Diets often only work for a limited period of time, and once the diet is over, most people relapse into overeating. A new study says this craving of food even when you are full could be explained by behavioral conditioning.

Oct 10

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Other


How Sleep Helps Us to Remember and Forget at the Same Time

Can we both learn and unlearn while we sleep? A new study suggests that we can. Both processes occur during different phases of sleep, the research shows.

Sep 29

Categories: Learning Difficulties, Other


Nine Tips to Find the Right Counsellor for You

You have decided it is time to go into psychotherapy - but how do you select a fitting counselor for you? Beginning this process may be overwhelming and confusing, but if you take these nine steps as a guideline, you will be able to find the 'right' ...

Sep 21

Categories: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Couple Counseling, Marital Counseling, ...


Why Stories of Change Inspire

Inspirational stories are told and heard often in places like self-help groups. Their purpose is to inspire change for others who are in the same situation. The reasons why these stories are inspiring are explored in a recent paper.

Aug 24

Categories: Other


How to Help a Friend in Crisis

We often find ourselves at a loss of what to do or say when a friend is going through a difficult period in their life. Here are seven methods, backed up by research, to support them in the most effective way.

Aug 7

Categories: Other, Stress Management


Keeping Secrets is Bad for You - Here’s Why

A recent study suggests that people are stressed when keeping a secret because they keep thinking about the secret, not because of the act of secret-keeping.

Aug 4

Categories: Caregiver Issues / Stress, Happiness, Other