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Census Bureau Data Shows 2020 Brought a Spike in Anxiety and Depression

From posttraumatic stress to sleep disturbances, recent studies have begun to confirm that the coronavirus pandemic has brought a range of mental health consequences. Now, an analysis of data from the US Census Bureau provides what appears to be some ...
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/ Anxiety, Covid, Depression

A Magic Trick That Shows How Unconscious Cues Can Influence Our Choices

Think of a card, any card… I can tell you what card it’s probably not. It’s probably not the three of diamonds. After all, there’s just a 1 in 52 chance that you’d pick that card. And in an experiment ...
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/ Behavior, Magic, Unconscious

How Do People Punish Bad Behavior in Everyday Life?

When the people around us behave in ways we don’t want, there are a variety of ways we might choose to react. The most direct is to confront them about their behavior. More subtle methods might be gossiping about them ...
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/ Behavior, Punishment

The Psychological Similarities Between Professional Gamers and Baseball Players

Some day soon, the Olympic Games may have video games on the schedule. "But video games aren’t a real sport," you cry. And yet, besides the obvious analogy between video games and traditional sports in terms of competitive skill, a ...
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/ Gaming, Sports

Optimists Sleep Better at Night

Do you ever wake up in the night and worry about what the future might hold? Well, if you’re an optimist, maybe not. A new study published in the Journal of Sleep Research indicates that viewing the world through rose-colored ...
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/ Optimism, Sleep

Why Do Most People Cradle Babies Facing Left?

If I hand you a baby without warning, chances are you’ll instinctively take them and cradle them with their head on your left side. Approximately 70 percent of people prefer to hold babies facing to the left. The tendency is ...
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/ Infants

The Psychology of Finding the Silver Lining

Finding something good in a bad situation is a common way of coping with adversity, as can be seen when we talk about clouds, silver linings, and the like. It’s also a technique that has a decent amount of evidence ...
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/ Optimism

How to Enforce Social Distancing? Your Answer Might Depend on Who’s Breaking the Rules

An ethical question raised by the pandemic is what to do about people who don’t take it upon themselves to follow public health recommendations. Generally, there are two approaches: educate people and punish them. The first involves informing people about ...
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/ Covid, Health