Why People Fail to Make Accurate Predictions About Probability

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When we solve problems and make decisions and judgments, we very often use mental shortcuts (so-called heuristics). We use these heuristics if we neither have resources nor time to compare all available information before making a choice. In other words, heuristics ease the cognitive load of making a decision. Continue reading

Study: People With Self-Discipline Are Happier

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When we think of people with a high self-control, we cannot avoid thinking about how restrained and deprived they might be. Whenever we restrain ourselves, we tend to think that we are missing something. Continue reading

The 5 Most Popular Psychology Articles This Month (Aug’13)

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Time Flies? Life Appears to Speed Up As People Get Older

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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

Study: Smiling Makes You More Attractive

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A study by Golle, Mast & Lobmaier (2013) shows how emotional expressions of happiness influence the judgment of attractiveness. Continue reading

5 Reasons Why People Reject Technology

A literature review by Murthy & Mani (2013) emphasizes the fact that people are willing to learn to use new technology, but this willingness tends to diminish over time, depending on the time and effort it takes to keep pace with that technology.
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Posting Facebook Status Updates Fosters a Sense of Connectedness and Reduces Loneliness

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According to Deters & Mehl (2013), Facebook has 800 million active users of whom more than 50% visit the site every day. In other words, Facebook has become a big part of many people’s lives, and people increasingly use Facebook to communicate with family and friends. Continue reading