Category Archives: Cognitive Psychology

Negativity Bias: Why Negative Things Stand Out

Positive thinking can feel like a job to do, while negative thinking seems to happen more automatically. In fact, this is true at a very fundamental level of the brain, studies show. It is called the negativity biasContinue reading

The Intuitive and Analytical Thinking Style: Which One is Yours?

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The human brain is sophisticated. It separates us from all other animals. It allows us to have abstract ideas and to solve complex problems. We are rational social beings, or are we? Continue reading

The Reasons Why People Maintain Negative Self-Evaluations

Why would people maintain negative self-evaluations when they result in a great degree of distress? What purpose do negative self-evaluations have? Do they help us solve our problems, or do they help us in some other way? It seems not. Continue reading

The Saying ‘I Know How You Feel’ is Flawed, From a Psychologist’s Perspective

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Is this girl angry or sad? It’s hard to tell.

Have you ever said to someone, “I know how you feel“? Well, I think most of us have at some point, but do we truly know how others feel, or is it just a saying that we use for better or worse? Continue reading

Does Brain Training Work or is it a Waste of Time? This is What Research Shows

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Brain training is a hot topic. It’s a million-dollar business and its popularity is still increasing. We have been interested in increasing people’s intelligence since the study of intelligence, but computerized brain training is a relatively new invention. Continue reading

The Affect Heuristic: How We Feel is How We Think

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When we are upset, we are hardly ever rational. This psychological phenomenon is the affect heuristic.

Do you feel that your emotions control what you think? Or do you find it difficult to be rational when you are emotional? Continue reading

Write Down Your Thoughts to Become More Mindful and Consciously Aware

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Do you make shopping lists? Do you use your calendar for planning? Or do you otherwise tend to write down your thoughts? Good! Writing things down can help you become more mindful and consciously aware. Continue reading

Can People Hold 7±2 Objects in their Short-Term Memory or What?

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Is the magical number 7 so magical, after all?

Myth: People can hold 7±2 objects in their short-term memory.

Fact: English-speaking people can on average hold 7±2 unidimensional objects in their short-term memory. Continue reading