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Regan A. R. Gurung Ph.D.
Ever find yourself going to the mall without something specific to buy but ending up with a lot? Many different psychological theories explain why this may be the case.
Why are some people able to be dishonest with frequency? Apparently the same factors that make good behavior more likely can help explain bad behavior.
The last day of class is not something to rush through. Educators should not waste the opportunity to give students meaningful learning.
It is easy to get lost in a disappointing playoff game. A loss seems horrible. Let's think about the other things around us that are truly more in need of our attention.
Teachers and parents struggle to get kids to study and eat their vegetables. Apparently, the trick is good old-fashioned bribery—or reward, to be more specific.
Before you follow the latest research study results, be aware of key issues. Beyond replication problems, there is now evidence of misconduct and more.
Are you tempted to cancel appointments? There is interesting psychology behind why people cancel.
Want to give your kid the tools to succeed for the new academic year? Surprise them by telling them to get crazy—as long as they plan it out.
We are bombarded by political news everywhere we turn. Often our friends and coworkers share more than we can handle. How do you deal with friends' political views on social media?
Are you hassled for being a procrastinator? Perhaps you can use it to your advantage, with a few tweaks. Procrastination could be productive.
Do women who do not follow dress code suffer consequences? The removal of the swimsuit component of the Miss America Pageant shines a light on the subject.
Regan A. R. Gurung, Ph.D., is the Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.