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Boosting someone else may deliver a mood boost to you too. Mohamed Nohassi/Unsplash

Teens who feel down may benefit from picking others up

Psychology researchers found that daily acts of kindness were linked to increases in positive mood – especially for teens who felt depressed.
Why do people constantly ‘move the goalposts’ when making judgments? JoeNattapon/Shutterstock.com

Why your brain never runs out of problems to find

It's a psychological quirk that when something becomes rarer, people may spot it in more places than ever. What is the 'concept creep' that lets context change how we categorize the world around us?
You’re ready to blow your top – but how much is due to your internal hunger and how much to external annoyances? Perfectlab/Shutterstock

When does hungry become hangry?

Missing a meal can certainly push you toward a bad mood. But new research identifies in what kind of situations hunger is most likely to tip toward hanger.
A quirky quiz probably isn’t going to tell you much about your innermost essence. StunningArt/Shutterstock.com

Personality tests with deep-sounding questions provide shallow answers about the ‘true’ you

Few can resist an assessment that promises to reveal your hidden, true self. But new research suggests that people mistakenly believe difficult to answer questions offer deep insights.
We don’t automatically question information we read or hear. Gaelfphoto/Shutterstock.com

Why you stink at fact-checking

Cognitive psychologists know the way our minds work means we not only don't notice errors and misinformation we know are wrong, we also then remember them as true.
It’s actually a big developmental milestone. BlurryMe/Shutterstock.com

Watching children learn how to lie

Psychologists observed young children in real time figuring out how not to tell the truth.
Culturally biased psychology research and the advice based on it ends up in textbooks. But it’s not appropriate for everyone. from www.shutterstock.com

How parenting advice assumes you’re white and middle class

Most psychology research that forms the basis of parenting advice might not apply to you. So, how do you know whether to trust it?

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