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New England Patriots defensive end Bobby Hamilton sacks St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner during Super Bowl XXXVI. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Does defense actually win championships?

Cal State Northridge's sport psychology lab ran a regression analysis to see if there's any truth to the adage.
Pet obesity often says more about an owner’s relationship with their pet than the animal itself. Susan Schmitz/shutterstock.com

Why are so many of our pets overweight?

More than half of dogs and cats around the globe are overweight. Are well-intentioned owners to blame?
George Henry Durrie’s ‘Winter in the Country: A Cold Morning’ (1861). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Why there’s no place like home for the holidays

Home can be a slippery concept. But psychologists have long understood that it plays a huge role in self-identity and emotional well-being.
Developmental psychology suggests that fantastical beliefs in children are associated with positive developmental outcomes. And parents need not worry, children will bust the Santa myth themselves, when the time is right. (Shutterstock)

Lies about Santa? They could be good for your child

There's no need for parents to bust the Santa myth. Children figure out the truth themselves, at a developmentally appropriate time. In the process, they build their reasoning skills.

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