Category Archives: Behaviors

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

Study: Sleep Disturbances Predict the Course of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

In a study by Van Mill and colleagues (2013), the authors examined the impact of sleep disturbances on the course of anxiety and depressive disorders. The sleep durations of over 1,000 individuals with depressive and/or anxiety disorders, over a period of two years, were examined. Continue reading

Consider This Before You Clean Up Your Room (Messy Rooms Encourage Creativity)

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Sometimes, we prefer convention such as order, rules, and tradition. Other times, we prefer to break free from convention. Both order and disorder are present in nature and culture. Continue reading

Your Childhood Environment Predicts Whether You Spend or Save in Times of Economic Scarcity

People who have grown up in poorer families are more impulsive, take more risks and approach temptations more quickly under conditions of economic uncertainty.

What is the most adaptive response when resources are scarce? Is the best response to save money for the future or to spend it for immediate gains? It seems rational to decrease spending and increase savings. Continue reading

Do Women Beat Men in Multitasking?


Are women really better ‘multitaskers’ than men? To answer this question, we need to understand what multitasking is, or the so-called simultaneous capacity. Continue reading

Rituals Restore Feelings of Control

Rituals may restore feelings of control, possibly by providing an illusion of control in times of uncertainty.

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5 Facts About Fear Appeals

SMOKING KILLS: Strong fear appeals only promote change if they are accompanied by messages that make people believe they can succeed in changing their behaviours.

A meta-analysis by Witte & Allen (2000) provides evidence that fear appeals can motivate attitude, intention and behavior changes, as long as they are accompanied by messages that make people believe they can succeed in changing their respective behaviours. Continue reading

Study: Feelings of Flow May Lead to Risk-Taking Behavior

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Previous research has focused on the many benefits of the experience of flow such as motivation and persistence in learning contexts. Flow has also been associated with positive outcomes regarding experience, well-being, mood and performance. Continue reading