Does the Apple Fall Far From the Tree? Parent-Child Similarities in Attitudes

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Father and son. How do they look alike?

This article considers a strongly disputed topic in social psychology: the formation of attitudes, prejudices, and stereotypes. A new meta-analysis by Degner & Dalege (2013) synthesizes the evidence for the past 60 years, and it is a rather exhaustive analysis that includes 131 studies of over 45,000 parent-child dyads. Continue reading

The Effects of Glutamate in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety disorders are some of the most frequent psychological disorders, and the processes involved in fear conditioning seem to be the same across species, i.e. the same neural structures may be involved. Continue reading

Self-Harm as a Means of Coping With Emotional Distress

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The number (prevalence) of self-harmers is relatively high in the general population. Self-harm is involved in as much as 225 out of 100.000 emergencies in the U.S., according to the emergency departments (Puskar et al., 2006). Continue reading

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: An Obsession With Beauty

Body dysmorphic disorder is characterized by unrealistic beauty standards.

A study by Crerand and colleagues (2006) found body dysmorphic disorder to be associated with cosmetic surgery. The study found that 7 to 15 percent of the patients, who undergo a cosmetic surgery, suffer from the disorder, and the study also found that individuals with body dysmorphic disorder don’t benefit from cosmetic surgeries. Continue reading

How Tryptophan Affects the Mind

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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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Do What You Love and Stay Motivated (Self-Determination Theory)

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Inner motivation and joy are tighly connected.

When you do the things you love or enjoy, you will feel a high degree of inner motivation. Feelings of autonomy, competence and relatedness are essential for inner motivation, according to the self-determination theory. Here is the reason why:

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