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Psychologists create non-believed memories in the laboratory

Psychologists create non-believed memories in the laboratory | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Recently, psychologists have begun to examine the rarer reverse scenario, in which we have what feels like a memory for an event, but we know (or believe) that the event never happened - we recall the conference journey but know we couldn't have made it.

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Beanballs and the psychology of revenge

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This week, as tens of millions of Americans awaited the baseball season’s first pitches, Brown University psychologist Fiery Cushman was watching more warily for the first beanballs.
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Neuroscience helps explain how we handle money

Neuroscience helps explain how we handle money | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

What role does your brain play in the pursuit and handling of money? Brian Knutson, a neuroscientist, studies the brain as it relates to money. Knutson uses special MRI images in his experiments while people are handling money. One thing he’s found is that when cash is offered to someone, dopamine is released in the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain that is involved in reward and addiction.


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Smiling with Envy: Delighting in the Downfall of Others

Smiling with Envy: Delighting in the Downfall of Others | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

When do the misfortunes of others make us feel good? Recent fMRI research tested this question.

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What Can You Do With a Master's Degree in Psychology?

What Can You Do With a Master's Degree in Psychology? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The job opportunities available to you after earning your master's degree in psychology can depend on a number of factors.

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World map of Happiness by Country

World map of Happiness by Country | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Quantifying happiness isn't an easy task. Researchers at the Gallup World Poll went about it by surveying thousands of respondents in 155 countries, between 2005 and 2009, in order to measure two types of well-being..


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Addicts' Brains May Be Wired At Birth For Less Self-Control

Addicts' Brains May Be Wired At Birth For Less Self-Control | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A study of cocaine addicts finds that they have abnormalities in areas of the brain involved in self-control. And these abnormalities appear to predate any drug abuse.


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BPS Research Digest: Psychology ignored and depression neglected in the media's coverage of mental health research

BPS Research Digest: Psychology ignored and depression neglected in the media's coverage of mental health research | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Research into some mental disorders receives disproportionate media coverage at the expense of other disorders. That's according to the first systematic study of the way the UK mass media covers mental illness.

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Dish Color Affects Serving Size

Dish Color Affects Serving Size | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

f plate area can change serving size, could we also trick ourselves into eating less by changing the color of those dishes?

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Why People Secretly Fear Creative Ideas — PsyBlog

Why People Secretly Fear Creative Ideas — PsyBlog | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Why creative ideas are often rejected in favour of conformity and uniformity.

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Psychology books of the year 2011

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The season has arrived when newspapers, magazines and bookshops publish their "books of the year" lists. The Digest has digested these for you, picking out the psychology books getting a mention

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Can fetus sense mother's psychological state? Study suggests yes

Can fetus sense mother's psychological state? Study suggests yes | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
As a fetus grows, it's constantly getting messages from its mother. It's not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta.

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On Paterno and Sports Fan Myopia

On Paterno and Sports Fan Myopia | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

They asked Yankees and Red Sox fans a series of factual questions about two games: Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS (won by the Yankees) and Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS (won by the Red Sox).


Their findings? Fans remembered the game their team won more accurately than the game their team lost.

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Yoga Shows Psychological Benefits for High-School Students

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Yoga may serve a preventive role in adolescent mental health, according to the new study...
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A Psychologist Goes To The Zoo: An Interview with Terry L. Maple

A Psychologist Goes To The Zoo: An Interview with Terry L. Maple | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Maple is former president and CEO of the Zoo Atlanta as well as the Palm Beach Zoo, and is currently a professor in the departments of psychology and integrative biology at the Harriett Wilkes Honors College at the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University.

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Ten Brilliant Social Psychology Studies

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PsyBlog lists 10 Social Psychology studies that go at least some way to explain why we humans do such irrational things at times. These studies are also amongst some of the most famous experiments ever conducted so it is well worth following the links and finding out more.

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Friday Weird Science: The Urinal Problem

Friday Weird Science: The Urinal Problem | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

It is a truth universally acknowledged that people dislike peeing next to each other.

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Psychic ability study debunked: Steer clear of rabbit hole, psychologists say

Psychic ability study debunked: Steer clear of rabbit hole, psychologists say | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Psychic ability is real, and here's proof, Daryl Bem said in 2011. It was an exciting claim, but excitement fades with time -- and, often, with further investigation.
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Psychological Diagnosis: Dangerous, Desirable, or Both?

Psychological Diagnosis: Dangerous, Desirable, or Both? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

How do labels hurt and how can they be helpful?

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Why do some people never get depressed?

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Why do some people become depressed while others are more resilient? The BBC's Geoff Watts investigates.

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6 Unusual Psychology Jobs

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We usually think of psychologists as seeing clients, conducting research, teaching at universities or holding high administrative positions. But psychologists also work in many unexpected places and on many unexpected topics — perhaps far more than you’d think

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How to Train Your Brain to Alleviate Anxiety

How to Train Your Brain to Alleviate Anxiety | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Our thoughts affect our brains. More specifically, “… what you pay attention to, what you think and feel and want, and how you work with your reactions to things sculpt your brain in multiple ways.” In other words, how you use your mind can change your brain. Here are three anxiety-alleviating practices to try.


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Why Some People Say 'Sorry' Before Others: Scientific American

Why Some People Say 'Sorry' Before Others: Scientific American | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Certain character traits influence people's willingness to apologize...

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Humans Are Less Violent Than Ever? Than When? And How? | Psychology Today

Depends on what history you examine and what you count as violence says Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D

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Psychology professors study gene-culture interaction

Psychology professors study gene-culture interaction | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Two psychologists at UC Santa Barbara have provided a new twist on the old adage that people are products of both nature and nurture, in introducing a framework for understanding how these influences interact.

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