Who am I? Better check the stats.
As social media slices and dices us into profile view rankings, numbers of likes and retweets, and follower engagement data, we constantly reflect on and recalibrate our digital selves.
What we may imagine isn’t necessarily the truth.
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What we see in online dating is not always what we get.
Different is ok.
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Research on distance runners reveals evidence of a large sex difference in competitiveness.
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How an evolutionary psychologist sees our obsession with being thin.
Why do people complain so much about ‘low-brow’ shows – yet still watch them?
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How do those who watch low-brow television shows rationalize their behavior? We found out.
A woman is comforted after explosions went off at the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
Not everyone has the same reaction to trauma, or recovers in the same way, or in a set time frame.
Psychologists aren’t supposed to be involved in torture. In this 2009 file photo a sign marks a closed-off area at Camp Justice, the location of the US Military Commissions court for war crimes, at the US Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Why hasn’t the American Psychological Association prohibited members from participating in interrogations? And what are future psychologists learning about military medical ethics?
‘My huff is without bottom’
New research suggests that there is a link between the grudges we bear and our memories of the events in question
Catwalk size doesn’t affect anorexia as much as you think.
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Biological and psychological factors are implicated in anorexia. If it was just about media, why are many more people obese?
Flashbulb memories aren’t set in stone.
Do you remember where you were when you heard about the 9/11 attacks? Or about the bombing at the Boston Marathon? Those are flashbulb memories – vivid, detailed and imperfect.
The process of therapy is challenging and takes courage.
If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won't be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice.
Shame can hurt, but it can also be used to motivate positive behaviour.
Public shaming has a long history and has now gone online through social media. But shame can also be a powerful force to encourage positive behavioural change.
Eat too much?
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When it comes to food, believing that you have no self-control can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Or do they completely miss the mark?
It turns out the only insider knowledge you'll need is a copy of last year's standings.
While it can make negative events worse, uncertainty also makes positive events more exciting.
Uncertainty is an unavoidable part of life but for many people, it triggers harmful levels of stress. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to handle uncertainty better.
Studies have shown that mentioning misinformation – even in the process of combating it – can cause it to stick in listeners' minds.
Studies show that the more familiar we become with false information, the more likely we are to later remember it as fact.
We need pain to provide a contrast for pleasure.
The idea that we can achieve happiness by maximising pleasure and minimising pain is both intuitive and popular. The truth is, however, very different.
It’s time for lovers to exchange images of the organ really responsible for their emotions on Valentine’s Day.
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In William Shakespeare’s comedy Merchant of Venice, the play’s heroine Portia sings: Tell me where is fancy bred, Or in the heart or in the head. If you look at Valentine’s Day cards, it’s clear fancy…
Distraught Seattle Seahawks fans after their team lost the Super Bowl.
“The worst call in Super Bowl history,” read a headline in my hometown Seattle Times after Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll seemingly threw the game away with his ill-fated decision to pass – rather than…
The tweet is mightier than the sword.
The British Army is bringing in a new brigade, specialising in psychological warfare, and particularly the use of social media. Whereas the infantry, cavalry, artillery and engineers have been staple units…