The Temporal Doppler Effect: Why the Future Feels so Close and the Past so Distant

The Temporal Doppler Effect was illustrated in a recent study by Caruso and colleagues (2013). The Temporal Doppler Effect suggests that the future feels closer than the past. In their study, they proved that Valentine’s Day seemed closer when it was one week in the future

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Do We Have Free Will? People Believe They Have More Free Will Than Others

The discussion whether we have free will or not is endless. Some people like to attribute all happenings to environmental or social influences, which reflects a deterministic point of view. Others prefer to look at people as having their own free will, and this implies

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Having a Social Purpose Makes a Physical Task Seem a Lot Easier, Study Shows

A study by Durgin and colleagues (2009) finds that the burden of wearing a heavy backpack is lessened when a social purpose is given in form of social demands. In other words, we perceive the burden as less burdensome, when a social purpose is given. In this way, a purpose

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