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

Soda Consumption May Cause Behavioural Problems in Children

Soda consumption may have a negative impact on children’s behaviours such as aggression, attention and withdrawal.

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How the Brain Responds to Traumatic Events that Later Become Flashbacks

How the brain responds to a traumatic event predicts whether that event becomes a flashback.

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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

Study: Narcissists Desire to be Liked by Others, Especially by People With Higher Status


Narcissists use behavioural mimicry to make people like them more so that they can maintain their inflated self-view, new research suggests.

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How to Spot a Narcissist

How to Spot a Narcissist

The first hand impression of a narcissist: charming, friendly and seemingly empathic. Beneath the surface: indifferent, arrogant, dominant, self-centered and manipulative.

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Anxiety Runs in Families: How Parenting Promotes Anxiety


Parenting contributes to the development of anxiety.

Budinger and colleagues (2013) state that children of anxious parents are over five times more likely than those of non-anxious parents to have an anxiety disorder. Continue reading