Category Archives: Behaviors

How People Pick Up Anxiety Through Classical Conditioning


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

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


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

Study: Happy People are More Likely to Steal than People With Neutral Emotions


New research by Vincent and colleagues (2013) has come up with a rather interesting finding about the tendency to commit theft. The authors conducted two studies (experiments). The first study showed that individuals who experience positive emotions steal more often than individuals who experience neutral emotions. Continue reading

The Ripple Effect (Emotional Contagion in Groups)

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The ripple effect affects people like a domino effect.

The ripple effect is emotional contagion in groups, which is more precisely the transfer of moods among people in a group. This is an interesting phenomenon, and I am sure many of you are familiar with it.

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Can Personality Explain Why Some People Use Social Network Sites More Than Others?

Facebook is one of many social network sites (SNS) where people present themselves in certain ways and maintain their relationships, but what does research say about the characteristics of individuals who use SNSs more than others? Do they differ on personality characteristics? In fact, evidence shows that this might be the case.

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8 Psychological Mechanisms that Enable People to Hurt Others (The Psychology of Evilness)


Have you ever wondered how people can live with themselves after having done something terrible to others? Read on.

It seems like most people are capable of doing harm to others, as shown in Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiment. However, self-reports have also revealed that obeying to hurt others may lead to feelings of anxiety, guilt and agitation. Continue reading