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The Top Ten Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2013

The Top Ten Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2013 | Psychology | Scoop.it
Putting it mildly, 2013 was an eventful year for brain science. This Top 10 list isn’t meant to be exhaustive (given how many studies are published each year, it never could be), but it’s a sturdy sampling of incredible work being conducted around...

 

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Apparently, blind people can still actually "see" (you know that feeling when someone is watching you...), and it turns out that coffee is a protective factor against suicide. These are bad news for stalkers, and good news for coffee lovers!

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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The field of psychology abounds with dichotomies- some of which are patently false/outdated, as per the grapevine.
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Opinion | We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment

Opinion | We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment | Psychology | Scoop.it
What best distinguishes human beings from other animals is our foresight, as scientists are just beginning to recognize.
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We are homo Prospectus- built to think about future!
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Here Are the Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life

Here Are the Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life | Psychology | Scoop.it
Sometimes older is better.
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Glad to know that I am at the age for making Nobel prize winning discoveries 
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Psychotherapy, East and West

Psychotherapy, East and West | Psychology | Scoop.it
Reading philosophical texts can be daunting- sometimes the terminology and words are dense and sometimes you have to re-read multiple times to understand what
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Review of a book my Alan Watts!
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Self-reflective Consciousness and Existential Concerns

Self-reflective Consciousness and Existential Concerns | Psychology | Scoop.it
I am currently reading 'A life worth living' and found the introductory chapter by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi quite stimulating and inspiring. Cover via
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The old roots of positive psychology 3.0
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Rich People Literally See the World Differently

Rich People Literally See the World Differently | Psychology | Scoop.it
Money shapes perception, down to the millisecond.
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Social class affecting empathy and people focus!
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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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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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How to Gain Strength From Your Darkest Moments

Adam Grant, co-author of the new book 'Option B,' weighs in on how people handle trauma--and even may be able to grow from it.
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The ordinary magic of resilience!
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The Stages of Moral Development

The Stages of Moral Development | Psychology | Scoop.it
I have alluded to Kohlberg's stage theory of Moral Development a few times in this blog, but never devoted an entire post exclusively to that; time to rectify
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Adding two more stages to the well known stages of moral development as delineated by Kohlberg!
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Why seeing a psychologist is not just for the mentally ill

Why seeing a psychologist is not just for the mentally ill | Psychology | Scoop.it
Almost half of us will experience some kind of mental struggle in our lives. Less than half of those will ever seek help, but it's not just when we're sick tha
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More power to such campaigns ; we need one sorely in India. and a psychologist coach (like a sports coach) should be a must in every school!
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Often, people harbour a social stigma towards people consulting a psychologist, and this leads to an inherent fear of being labelled as “mentally sick”. However, times have changed and i think there is a need to eradicate our skeptical mindset on seeking help from a psychology and broaden our perspective to realise that everyone has the rights to approach for professional help whenever they feel stressed out or unhappy, and not fear being judged.
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Different Frames, Different Outcomes, Different Emotions

Different Frames, Different Outcomes, Different Emotions | Psychology | Scoop.it
Most readers I presume are familiar with the work of Kahneman and Tversky on how statements framed in either loss or gain lead to different outcomes; however
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A novel theory of emotions based on different apprisals
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Stress causes negative emotions – are you NUTS?

Stress causes negative emotions – are you NUTS? | Psychology | Scoop.it
Stress has been defined in many ways - one conceptualization that I find powerful and useful is the NUTS framework developed by Dr. Sonia Lupien. As per it,
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appraisals of stress matter
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The ‘untranslatable’ emotions you never knew you had

The ‘untranslatable’ emotions you never knew you had | Psychology | Scoop.it
Learning to identify and cultivate these feelings could give you a richer and more successful life
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make your emotions vocabulary more granular- it will help you manage your life better!
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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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