Learning to Cope with Google/ Information Overload

Google is chang­ing how humans think: “…the psy­chol­o­gists con­cluded that our reliance on the Inter­net has affected how we relate to information - instead of remem­ber­ing the infor­ma­tion itself, we just remem­ber where to find ...

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Brain Differences Found at 6 Months in Infants Who Develop Autism

A new study from the Infant Brain Imaging Network, which includes researchers at the Center for Autism Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), found significant differences in brain development starting at age 6 months in ...

Feb 18

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New Theory of Moral Behavior May Explain Recent Ethical Lapses in ...

For decades, sociologists have posited that individual behavior results from cultural expectations in the situation about how to act. In a study, "A Theory of the Self for the Sociology of Morality," published in the current issue of the journal ...

Feb 17

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Science of Speed Dating Helps Singles Find Love

Speed dating and other innovations in matchmaking can confound even the most focused dater, but simple tips can help. As a psychologist, I have always found the concept of speed dating fascinating. During a series of mini dates, each spanning no ...

Feb 17

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Why no one is satisfied with Psychiatric diagnoses in DSM

As the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is revised for the first time since 1994, controversy about psychiatric diagnosis is reaching a fever pitch. Suggested changes to the definitions of autism spectrum disorders and ...

Feb 17

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An Emerging Era of Big Data

Every era has its technological icons. In the early 20th century, it was the airplane and the automobile. In the mid-20th century, it was the television and the telephone. Now in the early 21st century, the smart phone and social networking appear ...

Feb 16

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Smoking Cessation Meds Shows Promise as Alcoholism Treatment, Study ...

A medication commonly used to help people stop smoking may have an unanticipated positive side effect for an entirely different vice: drinking alcohol. A new study by University of Chicago researchers finds that varenicline, sold as Chantix, ...

Feb 16

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Mental health problems worsen after cosmetic surgery

Are people who opt for medically unnecessary, cosmetic surgery psychologically vulnerable? Does having such surgery bring them psychological relief? These are tricky questions. There's actually evidence of increased mental health problems among ...

Feb 16

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Weight Loss Can Be Contagious, Study Suggests

Is weight loss "contagious"? According to a new study published online in the journal Obesity, teammates in a team-based weight loss competition significantly influenced each other's weight loss, suggesting that shedding pounds can have a ripple ...

Feb 15

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Can Humor and Laughter Boost Your Health?

One of the most popular beliefs regarding humor and laughter is that they are good for your health. There are many extraordinary claims regarding the health benefits associated with humor. Many people believe that humor and laughter can help you ...

Feb 15

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Different bodies, different minds

We like to think of ourselves as rational creatures, absorbing information, weighing it carefully, and making thoughtful decisions. But, as it turns out, we're kidding ourselves. Over the past few decades, scientists have shown there are many ...

Feb 15

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Maybe Narcissus Had It Right

Know your worth: Narcissus knew he was all that and more. Although, his estimation of his worth was bloated and likely bordering on delusional, we often have the opposite problem. We think we are never enough! In an effort to compensate for our ...

Feb 15

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Motivation to exercise affects behavior

For many people, the motivation to exercise fluctuates from week to week, and these fluctuations predict whether they will be physically active, according to researchers at Penn State. In an effort to understand how the motivation to exercise is ...

Feb 15

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Good Aerobic Capacity Promotes Learning

Aerobic fitness has a favorable effect on cognitive functions. For example, physically active elderly people are less prone to aging-related cognitive decline than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. An increase in physical activity raises both ...

Feb 14

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Easy To Pronounce Names Help Win Friends And Influence People

Here is something Dale Carnegie didn't mention in his self-help bestseller "How to Win Friends and Influence People": having a name that is easy to pronounce appears to confer a subtle advantage. Apparently, it helps people gain promotions, ascend ...

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