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Bragging as a strategy: What boasting buys and costs a candidate Life is full of auditions in which it might seem advantageous, if not outright required, to describe oneself as above average. Think of job interviews, dating or running for president of the United States. A new study that measured how people judge those who made such boasts and those who didn’t, however, showed that making [...]
Adults value overcoming temptation, kids value moral purity Is it better to struggle with moral conflict and ultimately choose to do the right thing or to do the right thing without feeling any turmoil in the first place? New research suggests that your answer may depend on how old you are. Findings from a series of four studies show that children view the [...]
What Really Underlies Our “Shoulds” Each of us carries a collection of different “shoulds.” Beliefs that we are convinced are pure, hard facts. Beliefs that dictate our actions. Beliefs that often don’t support us. A range … ...
Distracted much? New research may help explain why American professional golfer Tom Kite said two things about distraction that, together, sum up the findings of a new study on the subject: First, “You can always find a distraction if you’re looking for one.” And second, “Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested.” The new research offers evidence that one’s motivation is [...]
Volunteering may have benefits for memory among older adults A new research study has shown that volunteering regularly over time may have benefits for older adults. The study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Older adult volunteers can help address many community needs. This study shows that older adults who volunteer, for example, enjoy better emotional and physical health, and [...]
Donald or Hillary? Why listening to them makes a difference to voters Does listening to Donald Trump’s or Hillary Clinton’s opinions humanize them to voters more than reading their opinions? A new study examining people’s reactions to those with differing political views and found that when they watch or listen to those with opposing opinions, rather than read about them, they tend to view them as more [...]
Mindfulness, Reappraisal, Emotion Suppression: Which Coping Strategies Work?... People use different coping strategies to deal with stressful events, and some people use coping strategies more than others. Three techniques for keeping perspective through the ups and downs of life that have been studied are: Mindfulness: Staying aware in the present moment Reappraisal: Finding ways of reinterpreting negative events...
5 Ways Your Breasts Affect Your Mental Health It’s serious. When you think about your boobs do you ever stop and think about how they could impacting your mental health? I’m a person with an anxiety disorder and depression. It’s not out of the ordinary for me on a bad day to cancel … ...
How to Trust your Partner Joe doesn’t trust his friends, they might not have his back. He doesn’t trust his boss, he might be ripping him off. Joe doesn’t trust his girlfriend, she could leave him … ...
Early marijuana use associated with abnormal brain function, lower IQ In a new study, scientists have discovered that early marijuana use may result in abnormal brain function and lower IQ.
Ice Cream As A Metaphor For A Sweet Life Several years ago, I was working as a guidance counselor in a local school district (grades K-6), filling in for someone who was on medical leave. It  was a time … ...
Words Are Words—How Can We Know a Candidate's Character? Chelsea and the Trump children have chosen very different avenues to invest their family resources.
Peace Through Ignorance? Americans don't know much geography, and maybe that's a good thing, suggests Presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
Neurons devoted to social memory identified Mice have brain cells that are dedicated to storing memories of other mice, according to a new study. These cells, found in a region of the hippocampus known as the ventral CA1, store "social memories" that help shape the mice's behavior toward each other. The researchers also showed that they can suppress or stimulate these memories by using a technique known as optogenetics to manipulate the cells that carry these memory traces, or engrams.
Aspiration in Evolutionary Perspective People who are committed to a long term goal that is not purely selfish are happier, healthier and live longer. This challenges Darwinism that presupposes a nastier social order.
Got Balance? Lately I’ve been struggling with lack of balance in my life. When you get immersed in a new role it is easy to forget about other areas that are also … ...
Does Modern Life Cause Depression? Take This Poll Do the advancements and trappings of modernity cause depression? Take this poll....
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Stress and obesity biologically linked Metabolic and anxiety-related disorders both pose a significant healthcare burden, and are in the spotlight of contemporary research and therapeutic efforts. Although intuitively we assume that these two phenomena overlap, the link has not been scientifically demonstrated.