General Psychology

Social Norms Keep People From Standing at Work

With prolonged sitting being blamed as a culprit in heart disease and early death, medical professionals are increasingly pointing to standing at work as a practical step that people can take to ...
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People’s Ideal Moods Relate to Their Mental Health

How are you feeling right now? And how do you wish you were feeling? Not everyone gives the same answer to that second question. Different people value different emotional states. Some people ...
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Can People Predict Their Brain Age?

Do you feel younger than your age? If so, you might be right. Like other parts of the body, the brain ages. Certain regions shrink with time. And as with other types ...
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Should We Have Nap Time in High Schools?

Remember nap time in kindergarten? I hated it. I didn’t see the point of lying down and doing nothing. Nap time in high school on the other hand? I would have been ...
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Does Giving People Money Increase Their Happiness?

Money can’t buy happiness, but not having enough money can sure get in the way of it. Which raises the possibility: maybe you can improve people’s mental health simply by handing them ...
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Does the Mind Wander Less With Age?

The outward changes that come with age are the most obvious. What’s happening in people’s minds is more of a black box. There’s no direct information we have on the content of ...
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“Collective Narcissism” May Shape How Americans See History

How important was your home state in the course of United States history? Probably not as important as you think it was. A new study published in Psychological Science suggests that Americans ...
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What Do Blue and Green Space Mean for Mental Health?

Is living next to a park a recipe for happiness? Intuitively, it makes sense that easier access to nature could improve mental health. To some extent, the scientific findings are in line ...
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The Economic Cost of Sleep Deprivation

"Money never sleeps," says Gordon Gekko in the film Wall Street. Technically correct. But there’s a related point he never mentions: never sleeping costs money. This idea seems to go against the ...
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Listening Is Key to Relationship Satisfaction

If you’re like most people, chances are you’d rather have a partner who listens to what you have to say. Listening is an important ingredient to healthy relationships, and a new study ...
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