Adolescent Binge Drinking Can Damage Spatial Working Memory

Binge or "heavy episodic" drinking is prevalent during adolescence, raising concerns about alcohol's effects on crucial neuromaturational processes during this developmental period. Heavy alcohol use has been associated with decrements in cognitive ...

Jul 18


Has the Internet become an external hard drive for the brain?

Last year's annual question posed by Edge was "How is the Internet changing the way you think?" Several psychologists answered that it was becoming an extension of their minds. "The Internet is a kind of collective memory,’ wrote Stephen Kosslyn ...

Jul 16


Swarms of Locusts Use Social Networking to Communicate

Social studies of Facebook and Twitter have been adapted to gain a greater understanding of the swarming behaviour of locusts. The enormous success of social networking sites has vividly illustrated the importance of networking for humans; however ...

Jul 15


What’s the real secret of Harry Potter, and how can you use it?

Over the past seven months, my seven-year-old and I have avidly devoured the full seven volumes of J.K. Rowling’s wondrously magical Harry Potter series. You might think that after 4091 pages of hearing about Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and ...

Jul 14


The Stanford Prison Experiment: 40 Years Later

This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the social psychology experiment in which psychologist Philip Zimbardo placed participants in a simulated prison environment in order to explore how situational variables impact human behavior. In the ...

Jul 13


Therapeutic Factors: The Power of Universality, Cohesion & Hope

Why are 12-step programs so effective? Universality, cohesion, and hope. Although AA may be the best known of the 12-step support programs the powerful effects of universality, cohesion and hope can happen anytime there is a homogeneous group: ...

Jul 12


Key Early Skills for Later Math Learning Discovered

Psychologists at the University of Missouri have identified the beginning of first grade math skills that teachers and parents should target to effectively improve children's later math learning. A long-term psychology study indicates that beginning ...

Jul 12


Experience Corps: Promoting Healthy, Meaningful Aging Through Social ...

Over the last decade, scientists made two key discoveries that reframed our understanding of the adult brain’s potential to benefit from lifelong environmental enrichment. First, they learned that the adult brain remains plastic; it can generate ...

Jul 11


Creativity for the Cautious

Do you like surprises? If you do, it may surprise you to learn that a lot of other people don't. Our natural ability (or lack thereof) to deal with surprising situations and the uncertainty they generate may have an important role to play in our ...

Jul 9


Thinking globally to improve mental health

Mental health experts are calling for a greater world focus on improving access to care and treatment for mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders, as well as increasing discoveries in research that will enable this goal to be met. ...

Jul 8


Why is a touch on the arm so persuasive?

A gentle touch on the arm can be surprisingly persuasive. Consider these research findings. Library users who are touched while registering, rate the library and its personnel more favourably than the non-touched; diners are more satisfied and give ...

Jul 7


The Endowment Effect

As an entrepreneur owner-manager of a successful business, would you be willing to buy your business today at the same value that you would agree to sell it? According to Kahneman, Knetsch, and Thaler, people exhibit the endowment effect when they ...

Jul 6


Ingredients of Happiness Around the World

In 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed that all humans seek to fulfill a hierarchy of needs, which he represented with a pyramid. The pyramid's base, which he believed must come first, signified basic needs (for food, sleep and sex, ...

Jul 5


Married, With Infidelities

Last month, when the New York congressman Anthony Weiner finally admitted that he had lied, that his Twitter account had not been hacked, that he in fact had sent a picture of his thinly clad undercarriage to a stranger in Seattle, I asked my wife ...

Jul 4


Teachers to help spot mental issues - Singapore

With youths spending the greater part of the day in school, teachers are probably best placed to spot signs of distress in their charges. This early intervention can help prevent psychological issues from taking root and developing into major mental ...

Jul 2

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