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When I show just five minutes of the whiny YouTube clips of mass murderer Elliot Rodger to my students, it's obvious from female reactions why this entitled narcissist had no girlfriend. Although they think he's moderately attractive, physically, they find his self-pitying rants repugnant. So, I'm surprised to find ...
But don't credit those companies' work ethic—not entirely, anyway. Hard work helps, but the real incentive driving their brand strategy has much more to do with a subconscious habit that has become a cornerstone of consumer psychology. It's called the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon or the “frequency ...

Lots of people drink. Most think they “don't drink too much.” They “only drink socially.” Or “just a couple of drinks a few nights of the week.” But when it comes to health, how much is "too much"? A new study looking at national guidelines has come up with surprising results. The short answer is “less is best.”.
Elizabeth Englander, Professor of Psychology at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, conducted a 2014 study on teen vamping. In a survey of 642 college freshmen, she discovered that a surprising 80% of both males and females admitted to being frequent vampers during high school.
By 2016, 77 percent of U.S. adults owned a smartphone. Although they're just small rectangular objects in our pockets, smartphones are leading to significant shifts in how we interact with the world. Headlines tell us that “smartphones have destroyed a generation” and “social media is ripping apart society.
Researchers focused most of their early concern on children who seem withdrawn. Now they are paying more attention to young adults. Psychology professor Julie Bowker and her colleagues believe we need to get a lot more thoughtful about people who are not very involved in social life. They are not all ...

Stitch Fix's services appeal to a specific demographic of shopper. These shoppers may be shopping online but that certainly doesn't mean they don't value human connection. Trending in the final two quarters of fiscal 2018 should illuminate whether Stitch Fix is losing momentum or gaining traction.
Does this mean the news no longer matters? That's exactly what it means. But it never did matter. In a world this complex, big things - both good and bad - are always happening. So the events themselves are less important than our interpretation of them. In other words, investor psychology is everything.
Tonight on Pretty Late (April 24th) Vice journalist Dr. Justin Lehmiller joins Patti to discuss an ongoing discussion surrounding sexual violence which he notes in his latest article, Sexual Violence Is a Huge Problem, But Don't Blame Porn. Listen to the full podcast right here: Audio Player.
During the Depression, as unemployment rose, radio stations expanded their educational focus. The National Advisory Council on Education in Radio, created in 1930, sponsored radio lectures on topics including economics and psychology. Prominent scholars, including John Dewey and John B. Watson, ...
The tragic death of 10 innocent lives in Toronto is a reminder of the vitriol and hate stemming from a minority viewpoint from within a fringe group known as “involuntary celibates” or Incels for short. 25 year old Alek Minassian intentionally struck a number of people on a busy Toronto street with a rental van ...
For the kind of people who read Psychology Today, the best partnerships might be an honest merging of ambivalences, two people who admit they each want conflicting things, a bunny and a buddy, brutal honesty and tactful kindness, and can laugh together about the predicament of trying to get that from ...
Leena Bui, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. For her doctoral studies, Bui plans to examine how culture and neighborhoods can impact at-risk teenagers.
Did you ever wonder why some relationships endure even in the most stressful of times, while others are destroyed? Are there certain factors that seem to characterize strong, enduring, and resilient relationships? There are no easy answers to why some relationships endure and others don't. However, we ...
The past few weeks have been especially hard for me. As most readers know, I've been chronically ill for many years. That in itself makes every day a challenge. Then, suddenly, this was added to the mix: without explanation, my dog Scout started getting painful spasms in her back left leg. For ten days, she ...
The Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale launches its second season tomorrow. Although it is based on Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name, the first season ended where the book did—so the second season will almost necessarily go beyond it. Where they go with it will be interesting, especially given ...
Elisabeth Murdoch's media startup Vertical Networks is launching a second Snapchat Discover channel. The company is rolling out Mindsy, a biweekly publisher story on Snapchat based on a Japanese study of psychology and self-discovery called Kokology. Vertical Networks has already tested this type of content a dozen ...

But Dr. Vingerhoets, a psychology professor at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, gets the nod as more of an expert on normal crying (see his TEDx talk here), as evidenced by the numerous academic papers he and his frequent collaborators Dr. Asmir Gračanin (the University of Rijeka in Croatia) and ...
Missouri State University's master's of industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology received top rankings in a study reported in the most recent edition of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist newsletter. The study, titled “The Cream of the Crop: Student and Alumni Perceptions of I-O Psychology Master's ...
This question was explored in a paper in the April 2018 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by Tal Eyal, Mary Steffel, and Nicholas Epley. This paper is unusual because it reports 25 studies that explore the difference between instructions to take another person's perspective and a ...
Last year, when Congress was attempting to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, I had the honor of presenting a briefing on the psychology of ethnic-racial health disparities to congressional staffers. I was impressed by their enthusiasm, but concerned by their surprise at the pervasiveness of health ...
Recent. Psychology Today Magazine January 2018 · Psychology Today Magazine September 2017 · Psychology Today Magazine July 2017 · Issue Archive. Today ...
I want to start with blog entry by saying Happy National Autism Awareness Month to readers in the United States! CC0 Creative Commons. Source: CC0 Creative Commons. This month, we are going to talk about whether behavioral interventions and/or therapies for autism can change the brain. In 2017, I ...
The departments here include social studies and sociology, but most of the building is occupied by psychology, which has offices and classrooms rising from the fourth floor to the thirteenth, and elsewhere. Its careful partitions of room and window into box and square reflect a particular dream of what the mind looks like to ...
My colleagues and I at the University of Cambridge chose to turn to cognitive psychology for more answers. In a study of over 300 UK citizens, we tested participants' tendencies towards “cognitive flexibility” – their ability to adapt to change – and “cognitive persistence”, which reflects a preference for ...
New psychology research investigated whether accepting sex reluctantly or rejecting sex kindly is better for maintaining a romantic relationship. The findings, which appear in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, suggest that declining your partner's sexual advances won't harm your ...
As a divorce lawyer, I meet a lot of married people with very satisfying and active sex lives. Most of the time, however, the person they're having that satisfying sex with isn't their spouse and therein lies the problem. If you've been married longer than ten years and you and your spouse still want to have sex ...
I was chatting about the Spring weather, which finally arrived in Boston, with a patient I saw in clinic this week. He appeared perfectly normal and mentioned how he was excited to get back out on the golf course. But when we began to discuss specifics of golf and other matters, it was clear that he was not ...
We career counselors and coaches are too often guilty of puffing our clients. We feel it's wiser or at least more comfortable to err on the side of optimism. No doubt, that feels good to both counselor and client... at least in the short-term. But here, based on my three-decade-long experience with 5,400 clients, ...
Amelia Arria, a researcher at the University of Maryland and director of the university's Center on Young Adult Health and Development, spoke about marijuana's addictive qualities to a crowd at VCU March 30. Arria's research indicates 24 percent of university students who used cannabis once had signs of ...
Everlasting love can be more than just something you see in Disney movies - if you master four habits from the field of positive psychology. That's according to a husband and wife team who've spent the last decade researching positive psychology and working on a book trying to distil the secrets to ...
Evolutionary psychology suggests this may not be the case. An important concept in evolutionary psychology is mismatch (1). Evolutionary mismatch occurs when the environment that organisms are adapted to, via a slow process of biological evolution, changes so quickly and intensely that it hinders these ...
It's the end of the term and you're ready to face the big final exam you've been studying all month for. You've went to every lecture, read every chapter, and memorized every formula and key term there is to know. You've never felt more confident about a test before. The big day arrives. You're feeling a bit ...
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in psychology are expected to grow 14 percent – faster than the average – from 2016 to 2026 because of a greater demand for psychological services. Psychologists provide help in schools, hospitals, social services agencies, mental health centers and from ...
"What this shows is that the creative brain is wired differently," said Roger Beaty, a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Psychology and the first author of the study. "People who are more creative can simultaneously engage brain networks that don't typically work together.” And it's not just that those brain areas work ...
A divorce lawyer shares five secrets to staying in love and out of his office. Posted Mar 31, 2018. SHARE · TWEET · EMAIL · MORE · SHARE · SHARE · STUMBLE · SHARE. I'm a divorce lawyer. Over the past two decades I've helped facilitate the demise of over 1,000 marriages. From entirely banal divisions of property to ...
Research: Learning a Little About Something Makes Us Overconfident – A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has students acting as med residents in a post-apocalyptic zombie inhabited world. The results of the study showed, “beginner's bubble,” a tendency for overconfidence to ...
Controversy erupted this week with reports that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell. Quoted by an Italian journalist who is both a friend and frequent interviewer of the pontiff, Francis reportedly said that sinners who die without eternal salvation “are not punished” but that instead of their souls simply ...
While those are all important specific issues in dating and relating, in this article I decided to look at the topic more generally — namely, how to avoid bad relationships. On the flip side, I was also interested in exploring broad concepts for how to build good relationships, too. With those more over-arching ...
If we walk the road of self-exposure, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable. We stop simply liking or caring about another person, and we start deeply loving them. Our mind paints pictures with them in our future. As we open up and reveal inner feelings, motivations, and life experiences, we let them see ...
Consciousness will be placed front and center, rather than relegated to the far fringe as a meaningless epiphenomenon, which until recently has been a basic tenet of academic psychology and the neurosciences. This change will also leave existing scientific disciplines pretty much in the same state they ...
Cats don't get much respect – at least among researchers who study the relationships between pets and people. For example, at the 2017 conference of the International Society of Anthrozoology (link is external), 32 presentations reported results of studies on the bond between humans and dogs while ...
“Face to face, people are going to be focusing on the emotional response of the person they're talking to, so they're going to be connecting to that person emotionally and empathizing with them,” Augustan Professor of Social Psychology Dr. Anne Zell said. “But online, I'm not seeing that person's face and ...
Sherry Benton, Ph.D., the founder and Chief Science Officer of TAO Connect, and is also a professor emeritus and the former counseling center director at the University of Florida. She has over 25 years of clinical and research experience in counseling psychology and college student mental health. She has focused her ...
Editor's Note: This is the fourth installment in “Off Guard,” a series on surprise in war inspired by a new CSIS study. Read the rest of the series here. Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush saw different worlds in early 2003, but shared a common belief: Each was certain that his read of the strategic situation ...
Foreword: Fellow lab member and expert in animal intelligence, Mary Flaim, takes over the blog today in a piece discussing the historically controversial yet highly relevant topic of the nature of human intelligence. Most of psychology has been put forth as a debate between nature vs nurture. Are we the ...
For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile. —Elie Wiesel. Gratitude, day-to-day variations and consistency over time. Previous research on the positive effects of gratitude has shown that gratitude appears to reduce stress and foster ...
There is an emotion attracting new interest from behavioral economists and other psychologists. The interest comes from uneasy respect for its political and social power. From the rising success of extreme and reckless politics to the exposure and naming of once accepted crimes, outrage is shaping our ...
If we look back on the use of social media analytics in Obama's elections, we might well ask, how is what the Trump campaign tried to do with the research firm Cambridge Analytica any different? Is this about Cambridge Analytica's violation of Facebook policy or is this a bigger deal than that? In January ...
There was something wrong with psychology. A cascade of warning signs arrived all at once in 2011. Famous psychological experiments failed, over and over, when researchers re-did them in their own labs. Even worse, the standard methods researchers used in their labs turned out under close scrutiny ...


 

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