Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Brian M. Hughes Ph.D.
At Halloween, we pretend to be terrified when kids wear masks. COVID has turned this convention on its head: We get jumpy when adults refuse to wear theirs.
Psychologists are working hard to deal with the effects of the replication crisis. But are they doing anything about its causes?
A cultural icon of our times has died. His guidance will live on.
Academics have not only studied stand-up comedy. Occasionally they have performed it too.
There is no shortage of research into romance and relationships. But is it convincing? And are psychologists really best placed to advise others on romance?
It's time to ask whether psychology is in fact Irish. Also: What influences the Irish psyche?
Medicine is often criticized for depicting ordinary experiences as diseases requiring treatment. But is psychology guilty of this too?
Research suggests that boastful people are more sexually promiscuous, implying an evolutionary advantage for braggarts. But can such a claim really be corroborated?
Subtle self-promotion is now so common that the Oxford English Dictionary lists 'humblebrag' as an official word. New studies have sought evolutionary explanations for bragging.
Do negative campaigns risk alienating voters? Opinion polls have long suggested that they do. But new experimental research tells a different story.
The UK government has published new guidelines on alcohol consumption and, yes, they are controversial. But are they undermined by self-report bias?
Brian Hughes, Ph.D., is a biological psychologist, psychophysiologist, and research methodologist, and a professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway.