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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

The Certainty Effect: Why We Fail at Calculating Probabilities

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How Colors Affect Consumer Behavior (Empirical Studies)

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Colors carry meanings, and they have an impact on emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The meanings of colors are produced at an early stage of visual processing which does not require one’s awareness (Elliot & Maier, 2013). Continue reading

What is the Evidence for Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences?

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This post sums up the theory of multiple intelligences and considers it in the light of evidence. So, is it true that people have multiple intelligences?

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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

Gender-Typed Behaviors are Linked to Depressive Symptoms, Low Self-Esteem, and Poor Friendship Quality in Boys

Gender-typed behaviors (GT) and stereotypes are common. For example, boys play with automobiles and girls play with dulls, and these behaviors are related to boy and girl identities, respectively.

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