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Costly Curves

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on May 25, 2017 in Consumed
The thin ideal turns big people into big spenders.

The Four Qualities It Takes to Become a High Flyer

The highly successful in work, if not life, seem to share 4 common personality traits according to new research on the qualities that can position you to fly high and succeed.

How to Talk With Kids About the Ariana Grande Concert Attack

Parents of young Ariana Grande fans are facing the sickening question of how to talk to their kids about the explosion at her recent concert in Manchester. Here are 5 tips.

Why Social Stigma Matters

Hate crimes are on the rise. New research helps to explain why.

Who Is Having Threesome Sex?

Psychologists ask young adults whether they would be up for a spot of multi-partner sex. Let’s see what they found out.

Do Selfies Make Us Self-Conscious?

A new study explores how taking and sharing selfies can make us more attuned to how others’ see us.

The 5 Worst Email Mistakes and the 5 Best Ways to Avoid Them

Email can be dangerous territory, which can make or break your personal and work life. New research on email etiquette shows how important its proper use can be.

Want to Be Healthy? Get Rich!

In almost every single way, socioeconomic status is a significant predictor of positive health outcomes. We better figure out how to change that.

Interracial Marriages: What Has (and Hasn't) Changed

How many marriages are interracial today versus 60 years ago? Where are interracial marriages most common?

6 Ways to Say Something Nice About People You Don't Like

We’d like to think that it’s easy to come up with a positive evaluation of almost anyone, but what do you do when you’ve got nothing nice to say? New research provides 6 key tips.

Why Do People Still Think Pluto Is a Planet?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 15, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
When I was growing up, the list of planets in our solar system included a small planet far from the Sun called Pluto. Then, things changed.

Brain Abnormalities In Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

New research on white matter alterations in adults with OCD

Mother’s Day Manifesto for Grieving Mothers

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 13, 2017 in Saving Normal
It is time to get back to the original intent of Mother's Day: a loving tribute to all mothers, especially those who are grieving the loss of a child.

Exercise Researchers Find "More Is Better" Mindset Overrated

A new study reports that you don't have to spend hours at the gym—or even break a sweat—to reap psychological benefits from small doses of low intensity, easy physical activity.

Why Your Doctor Might Prescribe Food Instead of Medicine

New research in JAMA links poor diet to serious diseases.

Connecticut Bans Conversion Therapy for LGBT Youth

By Jack Turban MD MHS on May 12, 2017 in Political Minds
Connecticut makes it illegal to practice conversion therapy on gay or transgender youth.
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Smiling in Photos Makes People Look Older, Study Shows

By Robin Marantz Henig on May 11, 2017 in Cusp
It turns out that when you pose for photos with a wide smile, you're actually making yourself look older. You could have fooled me—and the research subjects, too.

People Wrongly Gauge How Much They're Observed By Others

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How invisible do you really feel when you are people watching? New research explores the invisibility cloak illusion and what it can mean in social situations
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A Genetic Revolution: No Two Neurons Alike

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in Memory Medic
You are what you have been made by your genes and environment. But what you choose to think and do can change who you are.

Coffee and Health: What's The Verdict?

Find out how caffeine affects your blood pressure, sleep and anxiety levels.

Cannabis Reverses Brain Aging in Mice

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 09, 2017 in Cravings
Struggling with memory loss? Finding it hard to learn new things? Scientists are one step closer to finding a treatment for the loss of cognitive function associated with aging.

New Details Revealed About an Important Human Ancestor

Another cave of fossils and a surprising young age sheds dramatic new light on the origins of complex behaviors and humanity itself.

Familiar Stories Are Often Liked Better than New Ones

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 08, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Blockbuster season at the movies is upon us again. And when we look at the slate of movies coming out, there is the usual collection of sequels.

The Link Between Autism and Violence Isn’t Autism

A new study that digs a little deeper into the apparent connection between autism and violence finds other disorders to be the missing link.

The Secret to Remembering Your Vacation Better

By Andrea Bartz on May 08, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
New research shows us how to make that trip stick.

Between a Molehill and Mount Everest

Recent studies confirm that in matters of personal motivation and satisfaction, it’s not whether you win or lose; it's how hard you have to play the game.

Swearing Can Boost Strength and Reduce the Sensation of Pain

New research on the benefits of swearing out loud suggests that Mark Twain was right when he said, "Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”

Geographical Differences in Love

Are you living in a region populated by highly anxious people? Research reveals where love comes easy.

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