Rituals Make Food More Tasty and Decrease Consumption


Rituals have throughout human history been enacted to mark life events. Rituals are systematized sequences of behaviors that prepare us for something to happen, and they often include repeated and unusual behaviors. They influence how people experience what comes next (Vohs et al., 2013). Continue reading

Multitasking Reduces Taste Perception and Increases Food Consumption


Van der Wal & van Dillen (2013) emphasize that people in modern Western societies devote less and less attention to their meals. This fact is supported by reports that have shown that we eat about half of our meals in front of a television. Continue reading

Therapist’s Burnout: A Consequence of Severe Mental and Emotional Fatigue


“The expression that clients “share their trauma” with their therapists is more than a turn of a phrase.” (p. 1529). Continue reading

3 Ways to Prevent that the Moods of Others Affect You Negatively


People may affect your mood in either a positive or negative way. You might want to avoid that negative moods affect you too much. This post describes how to do it.

The idea of emotional contagion goes back to 400 B.C., when Hippocrates found that some women transferred their strong emotions to others. Continue reading

Study: Impulsive Traits Specific to Psychopathy Predict Lifetime Patterns of Violence


People commit violence for different reasons.

How do we measure psychopathy and how is it related to violence? According to Camp and colleagues (2013), a widely known test called the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) is applied in justice contexts. Continue reading

Manual Experience With an Object Shapes Its Meaning


The sensorimotor-based theories posit that the brain becomes activated in the same brain regions when people perceive and interact with an object, and when they store its meaning. Therefore, having an experience with an object should shape its meaning (Yee et al., 2013). Continue reading

How Brand Designs Influence Consumer Choices


We often get attracted by products from more preferred as opposed to less preferred brands. Why is that? The answer lies in the brand designs of products. Continue reading

Optimism Bias: Why We Assume Brighter Tomorrows

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We like to think that the grass is greener on the other side.

Most people are generally optimistic about their futures. People expect brighter tomorrows. This tendency is here mentioned as the optimism bias. This bias makes people think in a positive and optimistic way about their own futures, and people may misinterpret their own skills and success because they are a naïve about their futures. Continue reading