How Pets Influence our Health and Well-Being (Studies)

There is a saying that a dog is a man’s best friend.

Keeping pets is a phenomenon that exists in most cultures. Among the psychological theories for doing so is the theory of parental instincts, the biological love of nature, the tendency to use pets for showing off, the need to dominate the natural world, coping with loneliness, and the desire to teach youngsters responsibility and kindness. Continue reading

Study: Urban Green Spaces Lower People’s Frustration and Stress

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What is the relationship between the environment, behaviour and emotions? What kinds of environments will make us happy? Environmental psychologists try to answer this question. Continue reading

Do We Have Free Will? People Believe They Have More Free Will Than Others

The discussion whether we have free will or not is endless. Some people like to attribute all happenings to environmental or social influences, which reflects a deterministic point of view. Others prefer to look at people as having their own free will, and this implies that we choose our own destinies, not influenced by anything or anyone else than ourselves. Continue reading

Actor-Observer Bias: Why We Blame Other People Instead of Ourselves

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The actor-observer bias is the tendency that people view their own actions as caused by the situational context, while others’ actions are seen as caused by personality or stable dispositions. Continue reading

Psychological Medicine: Integrating Psychological Knowledge Into Medical Assessment

Psychological research has much to offer to the medical assessment.

This post is inspired by the general concerns (and my own concerns) about the overuse and misuse of medication. So what alternatives are there? Psychological medicine is a term for the integration of psychological knowledge into the general medical assessment and treatment. Continue reading

How Your Mood Influences Your Cognitive Functioning

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A literature review by Mitchell & Phillips (2007) examined how positive and negative moods influence people’s cognitive functioning, or more specifically, executive functions

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The Cognitive Activation Theory of Stress

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Acute stress is a highly adaptive response, but it may become chronic, and then we need to rethink the way we live.

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Does True Altruism Exist?

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Would you help someone in need, and for what reasons?

What is altruism? Altruism is the exact opposite of egoism. It is the selfless, spontaneous, and costly act of giving or helping another individual who shows distress from being in pain or in need, without the expectation of getting something in return. Continue reading