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Psychological Research

Fast Food Logos Make It Harder To Feel Happy

Alison Spiegel | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business

Golden arches, red pigtails, a smiling Colonel Sanders -- these iconic fast food symbols may seem harmless enough, but new research reveals a darker t...

Carolyn Gregoire

How Daydreaming Can Actually Make You Smarter

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.03.2013 | Healthy Living

Daydreaming gets a pretty bad rap. It's often equated with laziness, and we tend to write off people with wandering minds as being absent-minded "spac...

Be Fruitful and Replicate: Facing the Crisis of Confidence in Science, Especially Psychological Science

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Marshall P. Duke

Unless science gets its house in order, we will have no more credibility than that handful of "satisfied users" of the exercise equipment whose abs are now "six packs" or that 43-year-old worker from Everycity, USA who lost 75 pounds eating "fat-burning donuts."

A Simplified Way To Achieve Your Goals

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the details, then try to scale back your expectations. Even small steps toward a goal are better than no steps at all.

When Do You Practice What You Preach?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

When you say what you are going to do in a situation, you are making your best guess about it. However, it is hard for you to simulate all of the other factors that are going to influence your behavior.

Shocking New Study Ties Conservatism To 'Low-Effort' Thinking

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Science

Conservatives and liberals don't seem to agree about much, and they might not agree about recent studies linking conservatism to low intelligence and ...

Joy Resmovits

Reassuring Kids About Failure Boosts Scores, Says Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.13.2012 | Education

Every day for the last four years, Leah Alcala has greeted her Berkeley, California, middle-school students with an exercise she calls "my favorite no...

Be Focused, Be Happy

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Recent research indicates that a focused mind is happier than a wandering mind. Not exactly breaking news for Buddhists who have experienced being "present" or "in the now" first hand.

Pundit Contest Would Have Gone Down Better with a Spoonful of Psychology

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bella DePaulo

Once upon a time there were well-worn paths to the top of the press pile. America's Next Great Pundit Contest, however, is based on the premise that well-informed voices could come from just about anywhere.