13 Reasons Why is the story of high-school student Hannah, who took her own life and left 13 tapes explaining why.
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While there are some some safety concerns about watching the show, 13 Reasons Why raises many issues relevant to adolescents – and we should learn from them.
If this spider is making you feel extremely anxious, sweaty or uncomfortable, exposure therapy might help.
Many people with phobias are understandably reluctant to face their fears. But gradual exposure using virtual reality headsets can help with everything from a fear of spiders, heights or flying.
The combination of a narcissist’s high but easily undermined self-worth might seem paradoxical.
Like a grotesque mask reflected in a pool, narcissism has two faces, neither of them attractive. Narcissists have an inflated sense of self-worth, seeing themselves as superior beings who are entitled…
Lighting, layout and music can determine whether you’ll be grabbing a quick bite or staying a while.
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The color scheme, the music, even the weight of the servers – all can play a role in getting customers to spend money.
On the count of three, you will forget this ever happened.
A review of studies in psychology and neuroscience shows we are well on the way to understanding what goes on in our brains when we are hypnotised.
This episode of The Anthill podcast delves into the world of memory. We talk to psychologists, historians and political scientists about how and why we remember some things and forget others.
What you end up remembering isn’t always what you have witnessed.
Get immersed enough in a good show, and you’ll enter a ‘flow state.’
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Don't listen to the headlines linking binge watching to depression and loneliness. It can be a positive experience – but only if we think of it as a good thing.
In most relationships, one partner wields more power than the other.
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Every romantic relationship has a power dynamic. While men are just as likely as women to say they wield less power, the costs of feeling subordinate were far from equal.
People in power often come across as more interesting than others. But they can be aggressive if their ego is threatened.
There is typically no fever, no broken bone, no lesion to examine under a microscope when evaluating mental illness. Diagnosing disorders therefore is hard. A new way to classify disorders could help.
Lies, pranks and April Fool’s Day jokes show how gullible we can sometimes be.
Why do some people fall for the lamest April Fool's pranks and others see straight through them?
Economic inequality has psychological effects.
It is well known that economic inequality is rising. In most industrialised nations the distribution of wealth and income is becoming increasingly concentrated. In the United States, the top 10% of earners…
It's all about controlling the yuck factor.
Most of us tend to be attracted to people who are similar to ourselves. But there's an important exception to this rule.
Here's the recipe that makes Red Nose Day such a successful fundraising event.
Who is who?
Eight studies have found that when people were shown ID-style photos of people they'd never met, they were often able to correctly select the person's first name.
This episode explores how one person's waste can be another's treasure. We talk to scientists trying to eke something useful out of big piles of rubbish and discuss making the economy more circular.
Don’t underestimate what I get about the world around me.
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A revolution in the tools and techniques developmental psychologists use to investigate kids' knowledge and capabilities is rewriting what we know about how and when children understand their world.
We often hide behind a mask of wellness when we’re really sick. Maybe it’s time to be more open about our health.
Why are we so shocked when we, or someone we know, becomes ill? It's time to reclaim sickness as a normal part of life.