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Do You Learn More When You Make Your Notes Beautiful?

Taking beautiful notes might help students learn.
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Seligman on Tour

Is "prospection" the newest and holiest of grails in psychology? Seligman: "Yes." We: "No."

Does the Popularity of Emoji Mean We Are Getting Dumber?

The rise and rise of Emoji makes us more effective communicators in the digital age.

Loaded: Coincidences in the Family

The intense emotions of family relationships and their necessary transitions create elaborate and complicated coincidences. How can we make sense of them?

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No, Really, I'm a Good Patient!

You'll never hear a doctor call a patient Good or Bad. Why do patients call themselves one or the other all the time? What do they mean? Why should doctors know about this?

Why Are Some States "Tighter" Than Others?

State-level differences in making and enforcing rules can help us understand why illicit drug use is lower—and levels of cautiousness are higher—in the South than in the West.

Empathy in Literature and Film

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in Hot Thought
Empathy in literature and film works by three modes of empathy: verbal analogies, physiological mimicry, and non-verbal simulation of chains of emotional experiences.

Cancer, Keeping Active, and the Mind

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
Cancer treatment can make one reluctant to get moving.

Who Has Psychic Powers?

What happens when you put psychics and people with ESP to the test?

What You Should Be Thinking When You Argue With Your Partner

Do you argue with your partner often? A little self-awareness can go a long way.

Cerebellar Cognitive Affective Syndrome: Subclinical Version

Can cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome be inherited? Do subtle versions live among us?
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Thinking of Anxiety as the Symptom, Not the Problem

Instead of seeking to get rid of anxiety immediately, we’re able to work with it, be with it, and understand it.

If We Could Talk With the Prairie Dogs, Just Imagine it ...

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 14, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Renowned Northern Arizona University researcher Dr. Con Slobodchikoff argues we can talk with these linguistic rodents and learn a lot about the evolution of language from them.

The Habit Replacement Loop

Replace your bad habits with good ones! New research on habit formation offers information on how to improve student success by establishing a new normal in learning.

Synchronicity Statistics

Every coincidence has a probability of happening. That does not mean that probability explains most coincidences.

Naps Help Preschoolers Learn Language

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 12, 2017 in Open Gently
Small children learn words more easily if they get enough sleep.

Why Do People Believe Things that Aren’t True?

In the face of our “post-truth” era of politics, it’s hard to know what to believe. According to research, whether we know it or not, most of us harbor false beliefs. Do you?

Who Moved My Virtual cheese ?

When you mess with mental models, you run a major risk of slowing down and annoying your customers, potentially losing them all together.

Psychological Science says Trump is a Four Year Old

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Insight Therapy
It’s quite impossible to watch president Trump and remain unperturbed. But why?

You are Never Too Old to Learn a New Language

What are the challenges and rewards of learning a new language? Ann Patty, author of "Living with a dead language: My romance with Latin", tells us about her recent experience.

After-School Programs Do Work!

Every year, after-school programs keep children safe, improve physical fitness, and support growth in literacy.

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.
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The Creative Process of Psychotherapy

Effective psychotherapy is a mutual creative process between therapist and patient.

Reverse Engineering the Brain

Can we learn everything about the brain by studying individual brain cells? To answer this question, we need to consider emergent properties and self-organization.

Make Negative Thinking Work for You

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 08, 2017 in Open Gently
Don't insist on "positive thinking." Aim to think clearly.

Risky Business—Your Grandparents, Risk-taking and Falls

Can risk-taking explain the link between older age and increased falls? New research suggests so.

Colors, Sounds, Tingles

By Maureen Seaberg on May 08, 2017 in Sensorium
Synesthesia bonus -- tingles!
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Dealing with Disappointment in Life

Everyone will be disappointed somehow in life. Try these four things to help prepare yourself.

What Millennials Learned About Bias From This Harvard Test

There's a lot we can all learn about the conscious and unconscious influencers of bias. Here's one way some people are becoming more aware.

How to Bolster Your Experience of Creative Flow

Are you recognizing what really energizes your creative making?

Can Parenting the Danish Way Be Applied Elsewhere?

How are confidence and well-being developed in Danish kids? These parenting guidelines provide clues.

Investigating Brain Activity Outside the Laboratory

The brains have left the lab! This relatively new neuroimaging method enables researchers to study psychological phenomena in naturalistic environments.
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Who Is Actually in Charge When We Make Decisions?

Emotional awareness provides insight into the working of the mind and the nature of decisions.