Andy Murray – world number one tennis player.
Confidence in sports, exams and other endeavours in life, can be counter-productive.
From 'power poses' to yoga poses, varying claims have been made about their effects on our health and happiness. But why do they work at all?
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. His supporters within the African National Congress continue to hold sway, for now.
A revolt within the African National Congress against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has reached new heights. He has survived, but the repercussions will be felt for some time to come.
There’s no such thing as a perfect pregnancy body.
Women are no longer eating for two – or one, for that matter.
Do you ever feel like this? It’s not helping you get smarter…
We now have access to an Internet containing a vast store of information much bigger than any individual brain can carry - and that's not always a good thing.
The Duke Blue Devils had confidence in their 2015 bracket.
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Simply filling out a bracket – even with random or uninformed choices – is enough to boost your confidence in success, and to get you to put more money on the line.
Opposing a candidate is more confidence-building, and action-driving, than supporting one.
Opposition inspires more confidence in one's position than support and also helps to turn judgments into actions. This helps explain why attack ads are a crucial tool in politicians' arsenals.
Many low-scoring students think they’ve done better than they actually have, meaning they’re more likely to take risks in testing situations.
Confidence is a strong correlate to test scores, but many low-scoring students are over-confident and should be more realistic about their abilities.
Heavier children do less well in school but it’s not about ability.
UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy Obesity
Heavier people are less likely to be hired and more likely to be fired – and some of this may begin at school.
You might never know that you’re hard of thinking.
This is the second article in a series, How we make decisions, which explores our decision-making processes. How well do we consider all factors involved in a decision, and what helps and what holds us…