Psychology

Why Change Is So Hard: Self-Control Is Exhaustible

Why Change Is So Hard: Self-Control Is Exhaustible

Why Change Is So Hard: Self-Control Is Exhaustible By: Dan Heath / FastCompany June 2, 2010 You hear something a lot about change: People won’t change because they’re too lazy. Well, I’m here to stick up for the lazy people. In fact, I want to argue that what looks like laziness is actually exhaustion.... »

Rapid Thinking Makes People Happy

Rapid Thinking Makes People Happy

Rapid Thinking Makes People Happy Accelerated thoughts may trigger the brain’s novelty-loving reward system By Siri Carpenter     February 2009 Scientific American Mind Lousy day? Don’t try to think happy thoughts—just think fast. A new study shows that accelerated thinking can improve your mood. In six experiments, researchers at Princeton and Harvard universities made research... »

Self-Control Is Contagious, Study Finds

Self-Control Is Contagious, Study Finds When you restrain from scarfing down unhealthy foods or hold back on that extra drink, others may deserve some of the credit. Self-control is contagious, a new study suggests. In a series of studies in a lab setting, researchers found that watching or even thinking about someone with good... »

50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive Robert Cialdini’s Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive is a pop psych book, where a bunch of research in psychology is distilled into one readable volume. 50 scientifically proven ways constitute 50 chapters of the book, longest of which take 7 pages. The authors take... »

The destructive emotion du jour: bitterness

The destructive emotion du jour: bitterness 12:46 PM, May 19, 2009 — Shari Roan  / LATimes You know them. I know them. And, increasingly, psychiatrists know them. People who feel they have been wronged by someone and are so bitter they can barely function other than to ruminate about their circumstances. This behavior is... »

Creative minds: the links between mental illness and creativity

Creative minds: the links between mental illness and creativity

Creative minds: the links between mental illness and creativity All too often, creativity goes hand in hand with mental illness. Now we’re starting to understand why. Roger Dobson reports The Independent Tuesday, 5 May 2009 At first glance, Einstein, Salvador Dali, Tony Hancock, and Beach Boy Brian Wilson would seem to have little in... »

Complex Decision? Don’t Think About It

Complex Decision? Don’t Think About It

Complex Decision? Don’t Think About It (Dec. 10, 2008) — When faced with a difficult decision, we try to come up with the best choice by carefully considering all of the options, maybe even resorting to lists and lots of sleepless nights. So it may be surprising that recent studies have suggested that the... »

How Social Ranking Affects Choice Behaviour

How Social Ranking Affects Choice Behaviour Article Date: 21 Oct 2008 – 4:00 PDT In the famous Dutch Post Code Lottery, the winning ticket is drawn on the basis of the post code. When the post code of somebody who didn’t buy the ticket is drawn, this person is surrounded by winning neighbours who... »

Musicians use both sides of their brains more frequently than average people

Musicians use both sides of their brains more frequently than average people Supporting what many of us who are not musically talented have often felt, new research reveals that trained musicians really do think differently than the rest of us. Vanderbilt University psychologists have found that professionally trained musicians more effectively use a creative... »

Kids may be hardwired to ‘share and share alike’: study

Kids may be hardwired to ‘share and share alike’: study

Kids may be hardwired to ‘share and share alike’: study by Marlowe Hood / AFP Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:49 PM ET Humans are selfish in earliest childhood but by the age of seven or eight are keen to share equally, a developmental change so sudden that it can only be explained, at least... »

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