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Morality Should Manage Human Competitiveness, Not Ignore It Many evolution-minded moral philosophers have implored us to maximize the happiness of others, and to suppress our own competitiveness. But is this approach to morality really the best way forward? read more
Narcissism -- to a point -- can make more effective leader, researchers find Although Narcissus himself might not have been able to step away from his reflection in the mirror to get to the office, when it comes to leadership, a moderate amount of narcissism can go a long way.
Speech means using both sides of brain We use both sides of our brain for speech, a finding by researchers that alters previous conceptions about neurological activity. The results also offer insights into addressing speech-related inhibitions caused by stroke or injury and lay the groundwork for better rehabilitation methods.
Self-control isn't in short supply (despite what it looks like) It might be true that people have a harder time controlling themselves when they are tired at the end of the day, but that doesn't mean that self-control is a limited resource, say authors of a new study. The trick to fighting that couch potato urge is for you (or your kids) to find pleasure in productive activities.
Parental leave policies best promote gender equity, well-being in women's health Government policies that allow both parents to take time off after a child is born provide positive benefits for the physical and mental health of women, according to a literature review that looked at the influence of public policies on women's overall health.
Vision and multitasking: Brain can perform more than one function without sacrificing time or accuracy Most of the time your brain doesn't perform as well as it could when it has to multitask. But when it comes to visual sampling, researchers have found that multitasking is no problem.
Copycats pave the way to problem-solving success It often is better to be surrounded by copycats than innovators, according to a new study. Imitators, say researchers, "often make their own improvements to the original solution, and these can, in turn, be adopted and improved upon by the originator and others." In such fields as medicine, software development or art, where there are a "huge number of ideas with unknown potential," having copycats around you can provide an edge.
Some families would consider terminal sedation for brain injured relatives in permanent vegetative state, study shows The families of some very severely brain injured patients believe that once all treatment options are exhausted, allowing their relatives to die with the help of terminal sedation would be a humane and compassionate option, research has revealed.
Falling in Love Takes One-Fifth of a Second Love a hit of cocaine.
The Myth of Age-related Cognitive Decline The evidence is mounting that older people are just plain smarter. read more
Virtual reality moral dilemmas show just how utilitarian we really are "Moral" psychology has traditionally been studied by subjecting individuals to moral dilemmas, that is, hypothetical choices regarding typically dangerous scenarios, but it has rarely been validated "in the field". This limitation may have led to systematic bias in hypotheses regarding the cognitive bases of moral judgements. A study relying on virtual reality has demonstrated that, in real situations, we might be far more "utilitarian" than believed so far.
Women with a high economic status claim to have better sex, Spanish study shows A higher socioeconomic status has been associated with a more satisfying sex life. An analysis based on the first Spanish National Sexual Health Survey, carried out in 2009, confirms that socioeconomic factors affect sexual satisfaction. People with a lower economic status claim to be less sexually satisfied, particularly women.
APA Center for Psychology and Health Works to Expand Psychology's Role in Health Care Behavioral expertise critical to health promotion and disease prevention
Does having children make people happier? Findings suggest that people who choose one lifestyle over another will be fairly satisfied with their decision.
In dyslexia, less brain tissue not to blame for reading difficulties In people with dyslexia, less gray matter in the brain has been linked to reading disabilities, but now new evidence suggests this is a consequence of poorer reading experiences and not the root cause of the disorder.
Breast cancer cells disguise themselves as neurons to cause brain tumors Treatment and "cure" of breast cancer doesn't ensure that the disease won't spread to the brain. Too often, sometimes years after an initial diagnosis and remission, breast cancer cells are discovered growing as new tumors within the brain. Now researchers have found how this happens.
Study reveals senses of sight, sound separated in children with autism Like watching a foreign movie that was badly dubbed, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have trouble integrating simultaneous information from their eyes and their ears, according to a study published.
Access to technology improves older adults' health A professor of psychology is exploring the potential benefits of computer access to senior citizens' health.
Employment may lead to improvement in autism symptoms More independent work environments may lead to reductions in autism symptoms and improve daily living in adults with the disorder, according to a new study.
Geriatric health professionals experience added burden when caring for own family members In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers have found that in addition to the well-known burdens of caring for an older family member, a further set of complex stressors is imposed on geriatric health care professionals serving in this capacity. These findings highlight the critical challenges facing all caregivers, even those who deal with these patients daily on a professional basis.