The 5 Most Popular Psychology Articles This Month (Aug’13)

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Time Flies? Life Appears to Speed Up As People Get Older

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Are We More Connected to our Family and Friends? Yes, Brain Study Shows

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A brain study by Beckes and colleagues (2013) shows how familiarity increases empathy, making the boundary between self and other less clear.

The researchers used a fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) technique to examine the participants’ brain activities in the areas that are thought to be involved in responses to threat. Continue reading

Study: Smiling Makes You More Attractive

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A study by Golle, Mast & Lobmaier (2013) shows how emotional expressions of happiness influence the judgment of attractiveness. Continue reading

5 Reasons Why People Reject Technology

A literature review by Murthy & Mani (2013) emphasizes the fact that people are willing to learn to use new technology, but this willingness tends to diminish over time, depending on the time and effort it takes to keep pace with that technology.
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Posting Facebook Status Updates Fosters a Sense of Connectedness and Reduces Loneliness

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According to Deters & Mehl (2013), Facebook has 800 million active users of whom more than 50% visit the site every day. In other words, Facebook has become a big part of many people’s lives, and people increasingly use Facebook to communicate with family and friends. Continue reading

Sleep is Important for Memory and Learning Potential, Study Shows

When we sleep, we undergo different stages of sleep. The deepest stage of sleep is REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. It has been called so because it can be recognized by rapid, random eye movements. This stage of sleep normally occurs in the early hours of the morning. This particular stage has been linked to dreaming, but it may serve basic functions as well. Continue reading

Are You Wise? Here is a 5 Factor Checklist Based on Research

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“A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.” – David Hume

What is wisdom? Wisdom can be defined as an expert knowledge system concerning the fundamental pragmatics of life, and it has five major components, research shows (Baltes & Staudinger, 2000):

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