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From weight loss to fundraising, 'ironic effects' can sabotage our best laid plans Growing body of research shows how efforts backfire in sneaky ways: we fail in our best efforts because of our best effortsOliver Burkeman
The Upside of Starting Your Career in a Recession In at least one sense, people who graduate in a tough economy are better offread more
Are overweight children less able to handle advertising? Weight, body shape perception, self-esteem and dietary habits all contribute to how children handle food advertising. A new study suggests that overweight children, in particular, could benefit from special training, in order to increase their media skills in relation to the exposure to advertising.
New test facilitates diagnosis of autism in adults Researchers have developed a new screening tool to facilitate the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults. The test is unique in that researchers have, as part of their evaluation, compared the group diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with psychiatric patients.
Establishing the basis of humor The act of laughing at a joke is the result of a two-stage process in the brain, first detecting an incongruity before then resolving it with an expression of mirth. Interestingly, the brain actions involved in understanding humour differ between young boys and girls.
Vice President announces more mental health funding Joe Biden annouces a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million in new government funding.
Same-sex UK weddings to begin in March The first same-sex weddings can take place England and Wales this Spring.
You can't blame hormones for your bad mood A new study from Stanford University finds that declining estrogen levels have no influence on women's mood.
Teachers give better grades to more attractive students A new study suggests that people rated as more attractive are more likely to get higher grades and to go to college.
Evolution of 'third party punishment' The stronger a community's social ties and the longer most people stay within the community, the more likely it is that bystanders will step forward to punish a neighbor for perceived wrongdoing. A psychologist teamed with campus computer scientists, using evolutionary game theory to predict the emergence of this complex human behavior.
Combat-related injuries: Brain imaging differences in veterans with TBI A recent study used diffusion tensor imaging, a type of highly sensitive magnetic resonance image (MRI), to examine the way water moves throughout the brain's white matter.
Motivating women to forget the message: When do breast cancer ads backfire? After a traumatic experience, the details we remember surrounding the event are sometimes foggy. According to a new study, consumers remember the least when they feel the most threatened.
Natural disaster relief: How does psychological distance affect donations? When natural disasters occur, news reports can tug on our hearts and influence how we react to relief efforts. According to a new study published, consumers are more likely to make a financial donation when there is a sense of immediate urgency and when the act of donating makes them feel good.
Exercise alleviates sexual side-effects of antidepressants in women Exercise can benefit health and improve mood, and now new research shows that it has the potential to restore sexual desire and function in women adversely affected by sexual side effects related to antidepressant use.
Social exclusion and consumer product preference: Drink Pepsi to fit in, but fly American to stand out? Social networks are commonplace in this day and age, and how we fit in may depend on anything from political affiliation, to religion, to even our own personality traits. According to a new study published, consumers who are okay with being rejected from a group are more likely to purchase things that set them apart from the norm.
Does gender play role in negative word of mouth advertising? When do you complain about a faulty product or a bad shopping experience? Do you tell your friends or does a total stranger hear the brunt of your rant? According to a new study, it turns out that men and women engage in negative word-of-mouth advertising in very different ways.
Colleges pay attention: How do top ten rankings influence applications? Ranked lists are everywhere. If you want to pick out a college, restaurant, hotel, or doctor, chances are there's a Top 10 list that can tell you which ones are the best. According to a new study, moving a mere two spots up or down a ranked list can greatly impact consumer perception.
Infants Need to Hear Adults Talk By the time kids start school, there are already differences among them in their language abilities. These early differences can have an enormous impact on their performance in school, because teachers do most of their instruction by talking to kids. Where do these early differences come from? read more
Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Paperback Out in the US Making Habits, Breaking Habits explains how to bend habits to your will"”and become happier, more creative, and more productive.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Conflict zone contractors suffer high rates of PTSD, depression Private contractors who worked in Iraq, Afghanistan or other conflict environments over the past two years report suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression more often than military personnel who served in recent conflicts, according to a new study. Researchers found that among the contractors studied, 25 percent met criteria for PTSD, 18 percent screened positive for depression and half reported alcohol misuse. Relatively few get help either before or after deployment.