Persistence Is Learned from Fathers, Study Suggests

When the going gets tough, the tough ought to thank their fathers. New research from Brigham Young University shows that dads are in a unique position to help their adolescent children develop persistence. BYU professors Laura Padilla-Walker and ...

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The Belief in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion

Does what goes around come around? Do you get what's coming to you? Do you reap what you sow? Children are often heard to whine to their parents: "But that's not fair!" and their agitated parents reply: "Tough, life's not fair." With age you ...

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Anxious Mice Make Lousy Dads

Normally, male California mice are surprisingly doting fathers, but new research published in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology suggests that high anxiety can turn these good dads bad. Unlike most rodents, male and female ...

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Still Thinking About Your Ex? Why It’s Bad News for Your Current ...

When a relationship is going wrong, it is comforting to dwell on positive memories of an ex. Research found increased longing for ex-partners predicted declines in relationship quality, but only when focused on one’s most recent ex-partner. ...

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Why Smart People Are Stupid

A bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? The vast majority of people respond quickly and confidently, insisting the ball costs ten cents. This answer is both obvious and ...

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Don't feel like exercise? Scientists find compound that may help you ...

What if there were a pill that would make you want to exercise harder? It may sound strange, but a new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal suggests that it might be possible. That's because a team of Swiss researchers found that ...

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How to Master Making Good First Impressions

It sounds cliché, but you really only do have once chance to make a first impression. And although you might be sick to death of hearing your parents spout this platitude, the reality is that your network and connections can make or break you in ...

Jun 14

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Holy sacred cow! Why reactions to the exercise and depression trial ...

What do you believe about the effects of exercise and depression – and why do you believe it? Are you personally unenthusiastic about exercising, or are you closer to religious fervor about it? These are critical questions. Because it doesn’t ...

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Counselor Bias: The Real Reason Why Some People Think They're SO Smart

I’ve scanned the literature and so far I haven’t found the name for a bias that deserves one. So I’ll tentatively call it Counselor Bias: It’s the impression that we’re calm reasonable people, gained by giving calm reasoned counsel to ...

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How to Age Well - The importance of letting regrets go

The poem “Maud Muller” by John Greenleaf Whittier aptly ends with the line, “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’” What if you had gone for the risky investment that you later found out made ...

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Nature or nurture? It may depend on where you live

The extent to which our development is affected by nature or nurture – our genetic make-up or our environment – may differ depending on where we live, according to research funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. In a ...

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What Drives a Kid to Bully And how to help them stop

Adolescence is when most of us decide to hide the part of ourselves we’re most ashamed of—what Jung called The Shadow. In every adolescent there is a powerful drive to fit in, to conform to the norms of a peer group. In order to do this, the ...

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4 Ways Benign Envy is Good For You

We all know about the destructive forces that envy can unleash because it's a hostile emotion that often prompts aggressive behaviors. Its antagonistic nature is exemplified by the many publicized crimes and intergroup conflicts attributed to it; ...

Jun 12

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Correcting Twisted Thinking with Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive therapy is about changing twisted thinking.There are common errors we make on a regular basis that get us in to trouble in conversations with others.Because every one of us perceives differently, we tend to get hung up on “the ...

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Molecular Imaging Finds Link Between Low Dopamine Levels and ...

Out of control competitive aggression could be a result of a lagging neurotransmitter called dopamine, say researchers presenting a study at the Society of Nuclear Medicine's 2012 Annual Meeting. During a computer game against a putative cheating ...

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