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Understanding Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal psychology is a branch of psychology that deals with psychopathology and abnormal behavior, often in a clinical context. The term covers a …

Psychology

Hijack! How Your Brain Blocks Performance

So there you are, when suddenly you hear <i>that song</i> that reminds you of <i>that person</i>. And you’re emotionally hijacked—just like that. Good or bad, the song interacts with your neural net and triggers the emotions you have associated with it. Emotional hijacks happen every day, often unconsciously, …

Why Introverts Have All the Fun

If you've ever read or heard author Susan Cain talk about the power of introverts, you already know that they can be misunderstood. Being introverted …

How To Train Your Brain To See What Others Don't

Charles Darwin had one of the greatest "aha!" moments in all of history when writing his magnum opus <i>On The Origin of Species</i>. After reading a book written 40 years earlier on population growth and resource competition, Darwin immediately saw the connection to the variation among species that he had …

How Power Corrupts the Mind

Pity the despot.<p>(Carolyn P Speranza / Flickr)<p>While at Columbia University, Andy J. Yap set up a simple experiment. After manipulating his subjects into powerful or weak states (in the lab, psychologists are the most powerful ones of all), Yap asked them to guess the height and weight of others both …

The Science Of Conquering Your Fears -- And Living A More Courageous Life

Aristotle believed courage to be the most important quality in a man. “Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible," he wrote. Today, it's one of the more neglected areas of positive psychology, but recent research has begun to move toward an understanding of what …

The Neuroscience of Social Influence

Before I wrote this article, I went through two stages. In the first stage, I cruised the academic journals for interesting papers. Once I found a …

Psychopaths' Lack Of Empathy Has Neurological Basis, Study Shows

By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer<p>Published: 09/24/2013 04:06 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Psychopaths are usually described as lacking empathy, and a new study reveals the neurological basis for this dearth of feeling.<p>When people with psychopathy imagine others experiencing pain, brain regions associated with …

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

<i>“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,”</i> William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, <i>”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like</i> …

Regional Differences In Personalities Confirmed In New Study

The old trope that Midwesterners are the friendliest people might actually be rooted in truth, according to a new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.<p>Researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed personality traits through the use of Facebook, surveys and other methods …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …