How People Pick Up Anxiety Through Classical Conditioning

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This post gives an account of the processes that are involved in the learning of anxiety. More specifically, it will consider the theory of classical conditioning. Continue reading

The Endowment Effect: Why We Overrate the Value of Stuff

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Problem-solving objects are highly valued.

Selling and buying stuff at the second-hand market has become a trend. The possibility of saving loads of money is appealing to us. But too often, we are confronted with sellers, who we think overrate the value of their stuff. Continue reading

Achieve Happiness Through the Experience of Flow

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Go with the flow.

The following text is based on the book “Flow – The Psychology of Happiness” written by Csikszentmihalyi (2002), who is the psychologist behind the concept. The concept of flow describes a process of achieving happiness.
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The Impact of Serotonin on Social Behaviors

The impact of the neurotransmitter serotonin on the brain functioning is extensive, and the treatment of a number of psychological disorders involves serotonin in some way or another. Continue reading

Predictors of Internet Addiction (Loneliness, Self-Esteem and Life Satisfaction)

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In a recent study, Bozoglan and colleagues (2013) found the three factors: loneliness, self-esteem and life satisfactions to predict internet addiction among 384 university students. One of the primary findings of the study is that loneliness contributes to internet addiction. Continue reading

Object Attachment and Risk Perception Predicts Cell Phone Use While Driving

Distracted driving is a significant public health problem. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of traffic injuries was as high as 24,000 in 2009, and these were believed to be caused by cell phone use due to the distraction associated with the behaviour (Weller et al., 2013). Continue reading

Why Do People Shop Impulsively?

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What can explain a person’s tendency to shop impulsively? Personality, gender, age, and sensitivity to reward may explain it, research shows.

A study by Bratko and colleagues (2013) examined the relationship between personality and impulsive shopping. The study shows that personality can explain at least some of the difference in impulsive shopping behaviour. Continue reading

Do You Become Easily Overwhelmed? Perhaps You Are a Highly Sensitive Person

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Some people are more sensitive than others.

A study by Aron & Aron (1997) established that some people are highly sensitive because they have a high sensitivity in sensory-processing, which means that they become easily aroused and overwhelmed by external stimuli. Continue reading