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The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity | Psychology | Scoop.it
"Generating interesting connections between disparate subjects is what makes art so fascinating to create and to view . . .
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Dichotomies; or Psychology in a nutshell

Dichotomies; or Psychology in a nutshell | Psychology | Scoop.it
The field of psychology abounds with dichotomies- some of which are patently false/outdated, as per the grapevine.
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Are you too old to find success? | Oliver Burkeman

Are you too old to find success? | Oliver Burkeman | Psychology | Scoop.it
The web is cluttered with listicles offering the supposedly reassuring information that, say, JK Rowling wasn’t a publishing sensation until, well, her early 30s
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Success can happen at any age; they key to greatness is quantity.....quality follows...now if I could apply this insight to my own blogging!
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The Four Major Goals of Life revisited

The Four Major Goals of Life revisited | Psychology | Scoop.it
I wrote about the four major goals in life on my psychology today blog quite some time back and want to revisit it today in the light of reading Susan Wolf's
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New The Mouse Trap post about what drives us!
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Does Decision-Making Matter?

Does Decision-Making Matter? | Psychology | Scoop.it
Why are you interested in the things that interest you?
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Brilliant! My position too is that we are more intuitively driven about what we are passionate about and make major decisions irrationally than rationally, and that that serves us better than knowing our 'biases'.
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Between the Stimulus and the Response: the four functions of the Mind

Between the Stimulus and the Response: the four functions of the Mind | Psychology | Scoop.it
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." Victor E
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the four-fold nature of mind...trying to bridge psychology and philosophy/ spirituality!
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Humans use similar sounds for common words in more than 6,000 languages

Humans use similar sounds for common words in more than 6,000 languages | Psychology | Scoop.it
It's like a universal, hidden language we never knew about.
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might be again related to kiki-bouba effect ...some sounds go along well with some shapes/ concepts in the real world?
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There Is One Color You Need To Wear on Your Dating Profile

There Is One Color You Need To Wear on Your Dating Profile | Psychology | Scoop.it
Let’s imagine for a minute that six identical 23-year-old female sextuplets were born and raised in a secluded U.S. town. The town is too small to pro
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Color psychology
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A Worrying Trend for Psychology’s “Simple Little Tricks"

A Worrying Trend for Psychology’s “Simple Little Tricks" | Psychology | Scoop.it
In yet another setback for the field, researchers have failed to replicate two studies showing that basic techniques can reduce racial achievement gaps and improve voter turnout.
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the replication crisis of psychological interventions and nudges
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Can loneliness kill you?

Can loneliness kill you? | Psychology | Scoop.it
Science seems to confirm what many of us perhaps feel instinctively - loneliness can kill us. A number of studies have been done over the years proving its
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the detrimental effects of feeling and being lonely!
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How fiction might improve empathy

How fiction might improve empathy | Psychology | Scoop.it
In a new review, a psychologist discusses how engaging in fiction - whether through reading a book or watching a TV drama - may improve real-world empathy.
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Consuming all sorts of fictional media increases empathy!
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Longtime Couples Get In Sync, In Sickness And In Health

Longtime Couples Get In Sync, In Sickness And In Health | Psychology | Scoop.it
You like the same movies, drink the same beer — and over time your health becomes more like that of your mate, researchers say. Doctors might want to consider the couple when treating illness.
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Interesting. Physical health (like kidney function), mental health (like depression) and psychological traits (like optimism) found to be correlated in long-time couples. 
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How Bad Biology is Killing the Economy - Evonomics

How Bad Biology is Killing the Economy - Evonomics | Psychology | Scoop.it
The flaws in the competition-is-good-for-you logic
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Why 'Selfish Gene' metaphor is bad and also wrong!
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You Could Probably Lift a Car, If You Really Needed To

You Could Probably Lift a Car, If You Really Needed To | Psychology | Scoop.it
The science of superhuman strength says your body is stronger than it lets on.
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Interesting fact about strength under fire:-)
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Listening to This One Song Reduces Anxiety by 65 Percent, Neuroscientists Discover

Listening to This One Song Reduces Anxiety by 65 Percent, Neuroscientists Discover | Psychology | Scoop.it
– By: Carolanne Wright – Contributing writer for: Wake Up World Anxiety — that feeling of dread, fear, worry and panic — is certainly nothing new. Hippocrates wrote about it in the fourth century BCE. As did Søren Kierkegaard in the 1860s. And Sigmund Freud addressed the disorder in 1926. However, jump to the present and we’re seeing a significant uptick — especially with youth. Pharmaceutical drugs tend to be the classic treatment for treating anxiety. Cognitive therapy is a common approach as well. Those with a holistic bent often turn to meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques. Music therapy has
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looks promising
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Memory and Reasoning: Insight from Apes

Memory and Reasoning: Insight from Apes | Psychology | Scoop.it
I have been reading the excellent book 'The mind of an ape' by David and Ann Premack and also enrolled in a MOOC tiled 'Origins of the human mind' offered by Dr
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some insights from comparative psychology
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Oxytocin enhances feelings of interconnectedness and spirituality in men, study finds

Oxytocin enhances feelings of interconnectedness and spirituality in men, study finds | Psychology | Scoop.it
Oxytocin has been dubbed the “love hormone” for its role promoting social bonding, altruism and more. Now new research from Duke University suggests the h
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Interesting! Given that sex also leads to release of oxytocin, one can now say that sex is, after all, a spiritual experience:-)
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Finite nature of human control and the Existential Givens

Finite nature of human control and the Existential Givens | Psychology | Scoop.it
In one of the earlier posts we looked at the four existential givens and linked them to the ABCD model. I also related them to personality and emotions here. 
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Some Existential Psychology to make you ponder for today!
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Why We Shut People Out and What To Do Instead, by Robert Waldinger

Why We Shut People Out and What To Do Instead, by Robert Waldinger | Psychology | Scoop.it
Why do we often see the world as "us" vs. "them"? And though it helps quiet our fears, what should we do about this unhelpful, often-damaging instinct? Harvard Psychiatrist and Zen priest Robert Waldinger, director of the longest study on health and happiness, explains why we are natural wall-builders, but actually less safe when we label people instead of relating to them. Read on for useful wall-breaking advice.
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Us vs Them is very powerful, but one needs to transcend that!
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The Power of Names - The New Yorker

The Power of Names - The New Yorker | Psychology | Scoop.it
Studies suggest the existence of a sort of linguistic Heisenberg principle: as soon as you label something, you change how it’s perceived.
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the kiki-bouba effect!
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You Can Write Your Way Out of An Emotional Funk. Here’s How.

You Can Write Your Way Out of An Emotional Funk. Here’s How. | Psychology | Scoop.it
It takes 20 minutes.
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Didn't knew that Pennebaker himself had used the writing techniques to come out of his own depression.....
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Cognitive bias cheat sheet – Better Humans

Cognitive bias cheat sheet – Better Humans | Psychology | Scoop.it
Because thinking is hard.
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Interesting grouping of cognitive biases.
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The Psychological Reason You Care More About This Kid Than Millions of Refugees

The Psychological Reason You Care More About This Kid Than Millions of Refugees | Psychology | Scoop.it
The bias against collective suffering.
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The plight of one is mighty than the suffering of millions!!
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Are You in Despair? That’s Good

Are You in Despair? That’s Good | Psychology | Scoop.it
People who have more nuanced views of their emotions — indignation versus general misery, say — are healthier, studies find.
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Do you have a good enough emotional vocabulary?
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To Have or to Do? To Be or to Become?

To Have or to Do? To Be or to Become? | Psychology | Scoop.it
A new study has recently caught the fancy of psychology journalists and is being touted as a support for renewed materialistic attitudes. Jeff Woloson in
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Differentiating between materialistic self, experienced self, remembered self and prospective self and how that impacts well-being.
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The Psychology of How Well You Know Yourself | Social Psych Online

The Psychology of How Well You Know Yourself | Social Psych Online | Psychology | Scoop.it
How well do you know yourself? Psychologists have studied people with especially clear sense of self. These are people with many positive life outcomes.
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Do you have a clear self concept?
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Zzzzzzzzz … 12 simple steps to a good night’s sleep

Zzzzzzzzz … 12 simple steps to a good night’s sleep | Psychology | Scoop.it
Insomnia affects up to one in three of us. So what can you do about it? From the ‘magic yawn’ to the 90-minute rule, psychologist Richard Wiseman offers 12 rules for the perfect rest
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tips for having a good night's sleep!
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