Meaning in Life Can Be Manipulated by Cognitive Scientists

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When we are presented with random stimuli, we report lower degrees of meaning in life, research shows.

The experience of life as meaningful or purposeful is important as it is associated with a higher quality of life, better self-reported health, better occupational adjustment, better adaptive coping, lower incidence of psychological disorders, slower age-related cognitive decline, and decreased mortality (Heintzelman et al., 2013).

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Extreme Political Attitudes are Difficult to Change for 5 Reasons

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Why is it that some people hold extreme political or religious attitudes? First, we need to understand the nature of such attitudes. Here are two quotes, which I think, emphasize it:

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Can Evolution Explain Why Women Become Attracted by Some Men Over Others?

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What makes a man attractive?

Why is it that women prefer some men over others? I guess that many people, especially men, want to know this. In this article, I sum up the evolutionary theory of  sexual selection, and in this context, I consider the findings of recent psychological research. So, can evolution explain mate preferences? Read on.
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What Types of People Do Extreme Sports?

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One definition of high-risk sports is ‘activities that imply a possibility of injury or death, and in order to minimize the risks associated with the sport, specialized equipment is often needed’.
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Study: Feel Bad to Feel Great (Relief Boosts Positive Emotions)

Relief is one of the most common emotions, and it is one of our few basic emotions. Most of our emotions have clear emotional valences. For example, happiness is considered to have a positive emotional valence; anger is considered to have a negative valence; and arousal is considered to have a neutral valence.

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Can Evolution Explain Gender Differences in Jealousy?

Men and women get jealous in different ways.

From an evolutionary perspective, jealousy has solved a problem of reproduction: throughout human history, jealousy has ensured reproductive success. Continue reading

Instincts Might Explain Why People Hold Prejudices

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Prejudices might originate from an innate “behavioral immune system”.

Prejudices have plausibly existed since the origins of humanity. In an evolutionary sense, prejudices might have solved an adaptive problem. Continue reading

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

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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 than when it was one week in the past. Continue reading