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Study: Simple ‘index strategy’ helps consumers make choices Say you’re out shopping for basic household goods — perhaps orange juice and soup. Or light bulbs. Or diapers for your young child. How do you choose the products you buy? Is it a complicated decision, or a simple one? It could be complex: Factors like price, quality, and brand loyalty may run through your [...]The post Study: Simple ‘index strategy’ helps consumers make choices appeared first on PsyPost.
Domestic violence victims may be hurt by mandatory arrest laws “Just call the police, they have to do something,” is sometimes the advice given to a woman who reveals that she is a victim of intimate partner violence (IPV), more commonly called domestic violence. The thinking behind the advice is a positive opinion that mandatory arrest — a policy that was created in an effort [...]The post Domestic violence victims may be hurt by mandatory arrest laws appeared first on PsyPost.
Stereotypes lower math performance in women, but effects go unrecognized A new study from Indiana University suggests that gender stereotypes about women’s ability in mathematics negatively impact their performance. And in a significant twist, both men and women wrongly believe those stereotypes will not undermine women’s math performance — but instead motivate them to perform better. The research, led by IU social psychologist Kathryn L. [...]The post Stereotypes lower math performance in women, but effects go unrecognized appeared first on PsyPost.
The Long Term Effects of Heroin Addiction It is increasingly common for people of all walks of life to use heroin. It is no longer just a teenage fad, but a drug which enters workplaces, damages relationships and can do long term harm to a person’s health. You may be able to identify when a person is using heroin, but do you […]
The Healing Power of Awe The mountains. The stars freckled across the sky. A fiery sunrise. A rich cup of coffee alongside a piece of flaky pie: These things are awesome. Though I’ve seen a million sunsets and stared at the oceans for hours, I’m still moved by their wonder and mystery, touched by their...
4 Rules for Apologizing We all mess up. It’s just part of being human and connecting with other humans. So we all need to apologize once in a while. The thing is, a bad apology can be worse than no apology at all. So here are some tips on getting it right—and these also...
On Angel’s Wings: Flight 9525 Today, many of us are just beginning to absorb the unthinkable loss that has happened as a result of the apparent actions of the copilot in command of the German Wings Airbus 320 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. For reasons we are may never truly understand, it appears this person made...
Is it just me? Perception vs. Reality. Whoever you are, you have an endless supply of potential. No, I’m not just saying words of encouragement, I truly mean it and I will explain why. We are a result of our experiences; fluid, constantly reshaping ourselves and our future, always moving backward and forward. Who we are, the...
Three Reasons to Not (Always) Trust The kind of trust that builds good work relationships has conditions, boundaries, and limits. But, do you know them? Do you understand when not to trust?
A Tipping Point: We've Finally Noticed Boys' Struggles For several years now a bipartisan group, which includes experts in the area of boys’ issues and fatherhood—and many of these are women, some of whom strongly identify as feminists—has been pushing for a White House Council on Boys and Men which would parallel the one that President Obama established for women and girls shortly after he took office in 2009.
Researchers identify timeline for HIV replication in the brain HIV can begin replicating in the brain as early as four months after initial infection, researchers have discovered. One-third of people not taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) to control their HIV will eventually develop HIV-associated dementia. The study's results in these newly infected people stress the importance of routine HIV testing to catch the infection as early as possible to allow the prompt initiation antiretroviral therapy, investigators note.
Who Participates in Dog-sporting Events and Why? Although people can be highly competitive in the various dog-sports, recent research shows that internal motives and social benefits are more important than trophies and accolades.
Crossing fingers can reduce feelings of pain How you feel pain is affected by where sources of pain are in relation to each other, and so crossing your fingers can change what you feel on a single finger, finds new research. "Many people suffer from chronic pain, and the level of pain experienced can be higher than would be expected from actual tissue damage. Our research is basic laboratory science, but it raises the interesting possibility that pain levels could be manipulated by applying additional stimuli, and by moving one part of the body relative to others," the senior author explained.
How the brain 'remembers' pain A mechanism that is responsible for the chronification of pain in the brain has been discovered by researchers, possibly pointing to new strategies for the medical treatment of chronic pain, the investigators say.
Sea slug provides new way of analyzing brain data Scientists say our brains may not be as complicated as we once thought -- and they're using sea slugs to prove it. “This research introduces new methods for pulling apart neural circuits to expose their inner building blocks. Our methods could be used to help understand how brain networks change in disease states and how drugs act to restore normal brain function,” authors say.
Driving is NOT a Social Activity. Look Up and Drive! April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. You’ve seen it: Drivers sporting earbuds. A pet in the lap. Social media icons flashing on dashboard screens. Beverage cups in one hand; and an ever-present cell phone device in the other in order to dial or send that really-not-that-important text message. Distracted Driving...
Veterans' avoidant coping interfers with transition to university life A study of 165 veterans currently enrolled at three Texas universities shows that those who use problem-focused coping strategies for anxiety and depression instead of avoidant coping have more successful transitions from military life to college student life.
Testosterone needs estrogen's help to inhibit depression In popular culture, the phrase "battle of the sexes" seems to pit the male hormone (testosterone) against the female (estrogen). Now a researcher has documented a way in which the two hormones work together to protect low-testosterone males from the effects of anxiety and depression.
Do You Get Defensive? When we are angry, we are very vulnerable to being antagonized. Our logical thought processes have been swept away by a tide of emotional pain. We are, in this state, very likely to do exactly what our provokers expect us to do. They do not expect us to do anything...
9 Self-Care Strategies to Try Right Now or This Week You have this one body. One mind. One life. You know this, of course. But you might forget sometimes, especially on the days when all you’re doing is running around, tending to other things, tending to others’ needs and putting out fires. But we don’t have to go far to...