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What I Learned Writing About 1,000+ Psychology Studies

If you go to get a doctoral degree in psychology, you spend five years reading a bunch of psychology studies. Or so I'm told. I've never gotten a psychology doctorate. But I have done something more fun - I've written ...
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Awareness and Sympathy May Be Key Components of Guilt for Children

Guilt is a negative emotion, but it’s a negative emotion that to some extent is good. If no one ever felt guilt, the world would be a scary place indeed! One question about guilt is how the tendency to feel ...
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/ Children, Guilt

Good Sex and Good Friendships Make People Happier With Being Single

If you’re single, you’re certainly not alone. The US is in the middle of an ongoing shift toward one-person households. As I’ve written about before, single people commonly cite a variety of both positive and negative reasons for their singleness ...
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/ Friendship, Happiness, Sex

Sleep and Resilience Can Form a Virtuous Cycle for Teens

Resilience, or being able to bounce back from adverse events, is a useful skill to have – if we didn’t already know that, 2020 has certainly driven the point home! Psychologists know that resilient people tend to share certain traits, ...
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/ Resilience, Sleep, Teens

Study Identifies Three Types of Low-Risk Drinkers

When psychologists investigate people’s patterns of alcohol use, they often look at what happens when alcohol use becomes a problem. They consider questions such as what might predispose people to risky drinking habits, and how risky drinking habits tip into ...
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/ Alcohol

The Great Recession’s Lasting Mental Health Effects

We’re already into the next recession, but psychologists are still working to understand the mental health implications of the 2008 financial crisis. Previous research has made it clear that the economic fallout from that crisis came with a large psychological ...
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/ Mental Health

The Shape of a Glass Can Influence How Much You Drink

It’s not necessarily logical that how much food or drink you consume should depend on what dish the food or drink is served in, but people’s dietary habits aren’t always logical. In fact, a running theme in food psychology research ...
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/ Alcohol

Reading Peer Reviewers’ Unprofessional Comments

When you read about a psychology study covered on this blog, or basically any published scientific study for that matter, you can rest easy knowing that the study has been through a process of rigorous peer review. Peer review is ...
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/ Research