Psychology

Christmas Versus Calories – How To Focus More On Celebration And Less On Food

Christmas and the holidays are a time to relax and celebrate with family and friends. But the festive season can also be a time of unwanted weight gain that won’t budge once the holidays are over. Research (mostly from the United States) has found adults ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 20 2018 - 1:08pm

'Goal Infrastructure' Creates A Road To Successful New Year's Resolutions

Every year most of us make New Year’s resolutions. Eat healthier. Exercise regularly. Invest more in valued relationships. Learn a language. And so on. Often they are the same resolutions as last year. Why do our resolutions often so swiftly wither away? ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 1 2019 - 1:10pm

"All Five Major Health Certifications": Drake’s Organic Spirits Wants You To Think Its Booze Is Better For You

Drake’s Organic Spirits is touting it is the "first and only spirits line in the world to receive all five major health certifications." By "health", for four of them they simply mean manufacturing or cultural preferences; kosher, vegan ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 10 2019 - 10:22am

Fear Memory- An Epigenetic Difference Between Genders

Is there sex-specific epigenetic regulation of fear memory? A new study says yes, for mice anyway, and if it later is found to be similar in humans it could explain why fear and stress-related disorders affect men and women differently. Fear and memory pro ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 17 2019 - 2:09pm

Marie Kondo With A Catch: The KonMari Method Of Tidying May Make You Feel Worse

Have your friends recently begun obsessively folding their t-shirts, or explaining how they have got rid of a book that no longer “brings them joy”? If so, they’ve probably been caught up in the new craze from lifestyle guru and “tidying consultant” Marie ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 22 2019 - 4:46pm

If You Are Going To Communicate Science, Be Yoda Instead Of Spock

Nothing killed science culture more than Spock from the 1960s television show "Star Trek." He was wildly popular because he was so logical and reasoned. Emotions did not enter into his decisions. Scientists flocked to that mystique and so a whole ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 29 2019 - 5:12pm

More Religious Belief Correlated To Lower Belief In Organic Food Claims

In a recent experiment, participants were asked questions to gauge how religious they were and then about their willingness to purchase a fruit cup. Half were told the fruit cup was organic and half were told it was gluten-free. People who were very religi ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Feb 2 2019 - 9:00am

The Science Reason So Many People Believe In Psychic Powers

Mind reading and the ability to predict the future are not skills people generally associate with the human race. Yet, research shows many people genuinely believe in the existence of psychic powers. ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 4 2019 - 3:13pm

Media Are Drowning Young People In A Tide Of Perfectionism

We recently conducted one of the largest-ever studies on perfectionism. We learned that perfectionism has increased substantially over the past 25 years and that it affects men and women equally. We also learned that perfectionists become more neurotic an ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 7 2019 - 2:58pm

This Is Your Brain On Love

Is love a mystery or can it be reduced to chemical processes in the brain? And, what are those chemical processes? And, perhaps most importantly, can you prepare the brain for love? Falling in Love When you are falling in love a kind of chemical bomb goes ...

Article - Michael Merzenich - Feb 12 2019 - 12:58pm