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Unrelated Events Are Linked in Memory When They Happen Close Together

Photo credit When two events occur within a brief window of time they become linked in memory, such that calling forth memory of one helps retrieve memory for the other event, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. This happens even when temporal proximity is the only […]

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Why are people religious? A cognitive perspective

Photo credit The quick and easy answer to why people are religious is that God – in whichever form you believe he/she/they take(s) – is real and people believe because they communicate with it and perceive evidence of its involvement in the world. Only 16% of people worldwide are not religious, but this still equates […]

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How a personality trait puts you at risk for cybercrime

Photo credit Impulse online shopping, downloading music and compulsive email use are all signs of a certain personality trait that make you a target for malware attacks. New research from Michigan State University examines the behaviors – both obvious and subtle – that lead someone to fall victim to cybercrime involving Trojans, viruses, and malware. […]

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‘Who knows where the journey will take you’

Photo credit A non-linear, messy and confused career path, dotted with failure, may very well become a successful career path. This was the message spoken loud and clear by each of the speakers at two recent British Psychological Society Careers in Psychology events in Newcastle and London. CEO of the Society, Sarb Bajwa, welcomed delegates […]

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The problem with using psychoanalysis on children

Photo credit Children with problems or problem children? That is the question often asked by parents and teachers alike. If a child is naughty in school, are they a “bad” child or are they facing mental ill health? Most analysis focuses on children being the problem – a highly individualistic take which resonates with Sigmund […]

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How to handle the return of a long-lost family member during the holidays

Photo credit Humans are social animals who crave connection with others. It’s a drive that seems hard-wired into our systems so that when we experience rejection or estrangement from others, the experience can feel much like physical pain. The desire to avoid these painful feelings may be why many people go out of their way […]

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Psychological gym experiment proves the power of mind over matter

Photo credit It isn’t mind over matter as much as mind properly working with matter. A new Stanford study finds believing you have genetic predispositions for obesity and low exercise endurance changes your physiology. Participants told they had a protective obesity gene had a better response than those told they did not, even if they […]

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When storing memories, brain prioritizes those experiences that are most rewarding

Photo credit A Columbia University study finds that overnight the brain automatically preserves memories for important events and filters out the rest, revealing new insights into the processes that guide decision making and behavior Columbia University The brain’s ability to preserve memories lies at the heart of our basic human experience. But how does the […]

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Listening To Christmas Music Too Early Can Lead To Stress, Unhappy Feelings

Photo credit PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –Remember when Christmas themes didn’t go out until after Thanksgiving? Not anymore. Some radio stations are already playing Christmas music exclusively, and doctors say that can be upsetting to some. It’s not even Thanksgiving and already Christmas decorations are up in some places. Retailers often break out the holly as early […]

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What is “toxic” about anger?

Photo credit The Oxford Word of the Year is a word or expression chosen to reflect the passing year in language. Every year, the Oxford Dictionaries team debates over a selection of candidates for Word of the Year, choosing the one that best captures the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year. The 2018 […]

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