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When time has a will of its own, powerless consumers don't have the will to wait When consumers assign human characteristics to time, it makes it more difficult to wait for things (especially for people who don't feel powerful), according to a new study.
Does putting your feet up equal power? A new set of studies by researchers at three universities has found that the previously assumed link between expansive body postures and power is not fixed, but depends on the type of posture enacted and people's cultural background.
Happiness lowers blood pressure A synthetic gene module controlled by the happiness hormone dopamine produces an agent that lowers blood pressure. This opens up new avenues for therapies that are remote-controlled via the subconscious.
Those genetically predisposed to anxiousness may be less likely to volunteer, help others A researcher has found that prosocial behavior, such as volunteering and helping others, is related to the same gene that predisposes individuals to anxiety disorders. Helping such individuals cope with their anxiety may increase their prosocial behavior, the researcher said.
Pain of poverty sticks, despite support of neighbors, spouses Support structures do little to ease depressive symptoms among mothers of low-income families. Being married or having the support of neighbors to rely on does little to alleviate the symptoms of depression associated with economic hardship often experienced by poor mothers. The growing perception ...
10 Ways Your Voice Influences Other Minds Deep male voices boost memory, familiar voices are easy to hear or block out, the distinctive voice of love and more...→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Why do we judge people by the food they eat? Guardian-reading muesli-eater or tortilla chip-crunching perfectionist? Can the food we like tell others about our personalities?Back in the day, there was a popular stereotype of the Guardian reader as a sandal-wearing muesli eater. I think we're beyond all that now, so I can get away with ...
Recovery from childhood ADHD may depend on pattern of brain development Some people grow out of their childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and some don't. In fact, around 50% of individuals diagnosed as children continue to suffer from ADHD as adults. Researchers are trying to understand the reasons why, and whether there are any differences that ...
Does Everyone Find Confidence Attractive? The common wisdom maintains that the one thing everyone finds attractive in others is confidence. But is this really true of everybody, particularly those who lack confidence themselves?read more
Inconsistent bedtimes may lead to problems in children A new study shows children with irregular bedtimes may be more prone to having behavioral issues.
Why humans and animals rely on social touch Human physical and social contact has a lot more in common with animal grooming activities than we may think.
For hurdles, even a pretend friend will help Talking to an imaginary friend as a child can spur the development of an inner dialogue that can be used to deal with challenging tasks now and later as an adult.
Young apes manage emotions like humans do Researchers studying young bonobos in an African sanctuary have discovered striking similarities between the emotional development of the bonobos and that of children, suggesting these great apes regulate their emotions in a human-like way. This is important to human evolutionary history because it ...
A blueprint for restoring touch with a prosthetic hand New research is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain.
Kissing: Its Vital Role in Choosing and Keeping Partners Two new studies of kissing have found that apart from being sexy, kissing also helps people choose partners--and keep them→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Suited for treatment of brain damage For those with brain damage or neurological disorders - such as MS or Parkinson's - treatment could be as close as the wardrobe.
Go to bed: Irregular bedtimes linked to behavioral problems in children Researchers have found that children with irregular bedtimes are more likely to have behavioral difficulties. The study found that irregular bedtimes could disrupt natural body rhythms and cause sleep deprivation, undermining brain maturation and the ability to regulate certain behaviors.
The amazing intelligence of elephants | John Sweeney Researchers have found that elephants understand pointing. It's more evidence of their intelligence, yet people still hunt themScience in the 21st century is at last beginning to map the intellect of elephants – and that may cause trouble for those who shoot elephants for sport, such as big game ...
The Art of Constructive Self-Criticism When we experience failure, it can be hard to take an honest look at where we went wrong without falling victim to harsh self-criticism. How can we confront our weaknesses in a more constructive way?read more
Eating popcorn in the cinema makes people immune to advertising Study by Cologne University concludes that chewing makes advertising ineffectiveEating popcorn in the cinema may be irritating not just for fellow movie goers, but for advertisers: a group of researchers from Cologne University has concluded that chewing makes us immune to film advertising.The ...