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Mindfulness Is Not Always Positive

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
It's everywhere these days. Mindfulness reduces stress and helps people clear their minds. Can it also reduce thoughts related to criminal behavior?

Charles Manson: The Cult of Personality Surrounding a Killer

Researchers propose that murderers can be idolized and found attractive precisely because of their homicidal behavior.

Pure Solitude, Away from Devices, Is Calming: New Research

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Living Single
Four new studies show that pure solitude, away from electronic devices, is calming. They also help explain when time alone is and is not experienced as sad, lonely, or boring.

Sleep Strengthens Recent Learning and Negative Memories

By Lydia Denworth on November 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
What happens in the brain during sleep? Quite a lot. Machine learning and EEG are revealing how memories, especially negative ones, and learning are boosted while we're asleep.

Are Psychopathy and Heroism Two Sides of the Same Coin?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A new research study looking at first responders suggests that heroes and psychopaths have more in common than you might think.

Adult-Onset ADHD Is Usually Something Else

By David Rettew M.D. on November 15, 2017 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Doctors are seeing increasing numbers of people presenting with what looks like adult onset ADHD. A recent study, however, finds that ADHD is rarely the cause.

Borderline Personality Disorder and Ability to Read Emotions

Being unable to decode emotions seems to be an inherent feature of borderline personality disorder but new research shows it’s not as inevitable as you might think.

Digital Goods Valued Less Than Their Physical Counterparts

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Consumed
New research shows how much consumers value digital vs physical media.

Thinking About Non-Monogamy?

By Samantha Joel on November 13, 2017 in Dating Decisions
Emerging research suggests that non-monogamous relationships can be just as satisfying as monogamous ones.

Why Undergo Cosmetic Surgery?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Two new studies investigate why women decide to undergo cosmetic surgery. How influential are partners and the culture we live in?

Checking Out Others? You Probably Think Your Partner Is Too

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in Close Encounters
New research examines whether we project our own wandering eye onto our partners, and how that affects the way we treat them.

Meet the Teen Who Discovered the Secret of Social Capital

The design of children's social life teaches them to create a world of status where people are left out and mistreated. One teen is trying to change that––with an app.

Why Be Tolerant? Lessons From Bonobos

By Lydia Denworth on November 10, 2017 in Brain Waves
Humans aren't the only species willing to help strangers for no benefit. Bonobos, one of our closest relatives, do it, too.

What Is the Link Between Sex and Power in Sexual Harassment?

Men who are feeling more powerless over an extended period but then experience new heightened power, are the most likely to sexually harass.

Messing With Information in Short-Term Memory

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Sometimes the world around you is busy. Other times, it is fairly stable. How does that stability affect what you remember from moment-to-moment?

Relationship Happiness May Be a Matter of Reconditioning

Over time, even the best of relationships can become stale. New research shows how you can recondition yourself to restore the freshness of yours.

Harvard Epidemiologists' Rx: Moderate-to-Vigorous Exercise

By Christopher Bergland on November 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new Harvard study on the long-term benefits of aerobic exercise reports that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity may reduce mortality by up to 70 percent.

Difficult People Have a Place in Our Lives

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Living Single
A new study identifies the people in our lives who are most likely to be difficult and helps explain why they still have a place in our lives.
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(^_^) Do You See a Smiling Face?

By Lawrence T. White Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Culture Conscious
Researchers have known for years that happy and sad facial expressions are easily recognized by people around the world. Is the same true for happy and sad emoticons?
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Who and What Is a Pansexual?

Pansexuality offers teenagers an opportunity not to rule out anyone solely because of sex or gender. It explodes traditional categorical identities straight, bisexual, and gay.

Why Automating Retirement Savings May Not Be Enough

By Utpal Dholakia on November 06, 2017 in The Science Behind Behavior
Participants in automatic retirement savings plans are saving at rates far less than the recommended percentages.

What Time Do You Plan to Vote on Tuesday, November 7?

When it comes to getting people to engage in the all-important activity of voting on Election Day, small situational factors often make a huge difference. This is why.

The Eight Basic Qualities in All Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are complex and some believe they defy classification. A recent study shows eight interpersonal qualities that can provide new understanding.

How Absentee Fathers Affect Women's Sexuality

A new study reveals an intriguing consequence of having a disengaged dad.

Is a Pregnant Woman’s Anxiety Disorder a Risk for Her Baby?

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on November 01, 2017 in Brainstorm
New research challenges links between anxiety disorders in women and complications of pregnancy.

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Suicide?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 31, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Suicide is notoriously hard to predict and a source of tremendous suffering. New work shows how machine-learning may provide a game-changing tool for determining suicide risk.

It Takes a Psychopath to Like Another Psychopath

As much as people are fascinated with the concept of psychopathy, the attraction is tinged with stigma. A recent study shows those who like psychopaths may share their traits.

Places Influence Well-being More Than Possessions

By Jamie Littlefield on October 31, 2017 in Placed
Need a quick pick-me-up? New research shows that visiting a beloved place can influence your sense of joy, connectedness, and calm more than material possessions.
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Psychotic Symptoms in Marijuana Smokers

Marijuana can cause a temporary increase in psychotic-like states.

Causal Networks of the Brain in Depression

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 30, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Advances in computational techniques move neuroscience forward by mapping out causality within functional brain networks.

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