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Science and sex: Everything you wanted to know about 'doing it'

"How We Do It" may sound like a sex manual, but it isn't: In fact, that's about the only topic you won't find addressed in anthropologist Robert Martin's book-length survey of human reproduction and what we can learn from the animal world.<p>There's still news you can use, however. For example, how …

New theory of emotions

Emotions arise through the integration of perceptual and cognitive information<p>A life without feelings - unimaginable. Although emotions are so …

Phobias: The rationale behind irrational fears

Phobias are very common, with many people admitting to being irrationally afraid of something. But where does this fear come from, and what can we do about it?<p>Recently, this section featured an article about the tarantula <i>Typhochlaena costae</i>. While the piece was very interesting, this was likely …

Why It Feels Like Your Phone Is Vibrating In Your Pocket When It Isn't

*bzzzzzzzzzzzzz*<p>How many times have you pulled your phone out of your pocket, thinking you felt a vibration that could mean any number of treats (Twitter replies, emails, phone calls, text messages, a turn in whatever game you're playing)? A a study found that 80 percent of respondents felt that …

Reading can help save your memory: It slows decline in brain power say scientists

• Reading or doing crosswords at any age could slow decline in brain power<br>• Study found decline is cut by 32% with frequent mental activity in later …

The Brain

Career Options With a Graduate Degree in Psychology

Students who are interested in studying psychology are often advised that earning a graduate degree is a good idea, and in some cases even a basic …

Psychology

Happiness: How Fear Can Be Our Ally

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… You must do the thing you think you …

10 theories that explain why we dream

The study of dreaming is called oneirology, and it's a field of inquiry that spans neuroscience, psychology, and even literature. Still, the plain …

Consciousness

How to calm sibling squabbles - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — New research suggests intervention strategies that can cultivate healthy and supportive …

Penn State

Overview of Emotional Intelligence

The ability to express and control our emotions is essential, but so is our ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others. …

Screw you! The psychology of anger and aggression

A lot of people have been very angry about many things lately, both in the real world and online. This is actually nothing unusual. But what is it that makes people so worked up over things which others would find relatively trivial?<p>You can't have missed the latest Twitter debacle. Some deeply …

There's No Such Thing As "Right-Brained" | Women's Health

So is the common conception that creative people are right-brained and logical people are left-brained completely bogus? “Indeed, the left and right hemisphere have many different functions,” says Anderson. “But in reality, the left hemisphere is more about processing language, and the right …

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Mars One: The psychology of isolation, confinement and 24-hour Big Brother

Those sent to live and die on the red planet face untold risk of mental illness<p>Since April, thousands of people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. Following further stages of selection and training, the plan is for the first four astronauts to lift off in 2022. After a seven-month journey …

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

Lefty or Righty? New Research Finds Genes for Handedness

Genes that play a role in the orientation of internal organs may also affect whether someone is right- or left-handed, new research suggests.<p>The …

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …

Facebook language study predicts age, gender, personality traits

Researchers analyzed Facebook users’ linguistic patterns to predict the individuals’ age, gender and responses to personality questionnaires.<p>In the …

'Super-recognizers' are Scotland Yard's new secret weapon

Scotland Yard has a new secret weapon when it comes to finding suspects: a group of psychological outliers known as "super-recognizers." They've got the ability to recall a far greater range of faces over much longer periods of time than the average person. The condition is still controversial, but …

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

Literature

Neuro-enhancement in the military: far-fetched or an inevitable future?

As the science of brain stimulation forges ahead, neuroscientists and psychologists face tough ethical decisions<p>About five years ago, not long after I started up my research group at Cardiff University, something rather strange happened. One morning I came down to my lab to find the door wide open …

PMA - the ecstasy and the agony

Club drug deaths seem to be on the rise, as PMA is sold as MDMA (ecstasy) in the UK<p>In August this year, the Office for National Statistics released figures on drug-related deaths in 2012. Although the total number of deaths from drug poisoning were roughly equivalent to previous years (2,597 in …

Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies

Matt Haimovitz is 42 and a world-renowned cellist. He rushed into the classical music scene at age 10 after Itzhak Perlman, the famed violinist, heard him play.<p>"By the time I was 12, 13 years old I was on the road playing with Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and some of the great …

What Humans Can Learn From A Simple Kiss

At a basic level, kissing is a biohazard. What is love then, if not the willingness to expose yourself to a host of nasty diseases lurking in your partner's mouth?<p>But could kissing also be a tool with a purpose?<p>Psychology graduate student Rafael Wlodarski, from the University of Oxford, wanted to …

Two mental skills, not one, make you introspective - Futurity

The ability to reflect on both your perceptions and your memories likely requires two distinct …