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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.
The rush of dopamine upon opening a subscription box is similar to the one experienced by gamblers. hectore/Flickr

What makes us sign up to subscription boxes

Retailers are banking on some of our behavioural and emotional traits to get us to sign up to subscription boxes.
A recent study found people link different alcohol types to different emotional states. Photo by Mattias Diesel on Unsplash

Do different drinks make you different drunk?

Some people believe different drinks make them feel differently. But the effect alcohol has on your mood depends on factors like where you are drinking it and how you're feeling at the time.
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Anthill 19: Pain

Pain is something everyone experiences. This episode of The Anthill podcast explores how and why it works in our brains, what kinds of drugs are being developed to reduce pain, and whether or not robots of the future should be built so that they experience pain.

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