The Brain’s Reward System: Is Dopamine the Only ‘Feel Good’ Chemical?

Much evidence has associated dopamine with the brain’s reward system. For this reason, dopamine has been called the “feel good” or pleasure chemical. Stimulation of the neurotransmitter, dopamine, makes us feel good. Continue reading

Do Males and Females Really Communicate in Different Ways?

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Why do men and women sometimes find it so difficult to communicate? Do they communicate differently, or is that just a stereotype?

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When People Lack a Sense of Control in Their Environment, They Make It Up in Their Heads

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Whenever people are unable to control and predict their environment, they actively seek to restore feelings of control by behaving and thinking in certain ways. Continue reading

Your Self-Control Decreases Throughout the Day, Study Shows

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Good morning self-control.

New experimental research by Kouchaki & Smith (2014), published in Psychological Science in January,  shows that people are more likely to act ethically and to overcome temptation in the morning than later in the day. The authors refer to it as the morning morality effect. Continue reading

Psychological Resilience: The Ability to Turn Stressful Life Events Into Personal Growth

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Perceiving life events as opportunities for personal growth rather than limitations or threats to security will make you endure even the most challenging aspects of life.

Resilience characterizes people who are able to interact with their environments in ways that promote growth and well-being, despite they may have been exposed to many challenging life events or psychological risk factors. That said, life is by itself a stressful phenomenon. Continue reading

6 Unfortunate Ways Traffic Noise Affects People (Research Findings)

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We get exposed to noise all the time, but how does it affect our mind and body?

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Learned Helplessness is “Just” a Way of Thinking

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Thoughts are just thoughts.

Learned helplessness happens when people expect that bad events will happen and that there is nothing they can do to prevent them from happening Continue reading

4 Ways to Develop Self-Efficacy Beliefs (Self-Esteem or Confidence)

Have you ever wondered whether you have a strong self-efficacy belief or not? Or perhaps you are curious about how people develop their self-efficacy beliefs? This post describes the theory of self-efficacy, the research surrounding it, and four ways in which people develop self-efficacy beliefs.

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