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We are witnessing a renaissance in psychology

Let's join Leif Nelson and his co-authors in recognising the positive and welcome changes underway in psychological science. By Christian Jarrett

People who think they exercise less than their peers die earlier, regardless of their actual activity levels

How you think about your levels of physical activity may be just as important for your health as how much exercise you actually get. By Tomasz Witkowski

Men and women interpret the sexual intent behind dating behaviours very differently

The findings could help explain problematic misunderstandings early in dating relationships. By Alex Fradera

Study shows how easy and effective it is for Facebook ads to target your personality

Ads tailored to your personality could be the start in a new era of psychological persuasion. By Christian Jarrett

Very intelligent people make less effective leaders, according to their peers and subordinates

Leaders who stand intellectually apart and are prone to complex language may be less inspiring. By Alex Fradera

Moderate alcohol consumption improves foreign language skills

It may be that the anxiety-reducing effects of a relatively small amount of alcohol help us to speak in a foreign tongue. By Emma Young

Can evolutionary psychology and personality theory explain Trump’s popular appeal?

Like an alpha male chimpanzee, Trump encapsulates the dominance approach to leadership. By Christian Jarrett

A 30-minute lesson in the malleability of personality has long-term benefits for anxious, depressed teenagers

The brief session taught the teenagers that you can exert control over the kind of person you want to be. By Christian Jarrett

Contrary to stereotypes, study of hedge fund managers finds psychopaths make poor investors

This is the first time that the Dark Triad traits have been investigated in the context of hedge fund performance. By Emma Young

The deactivation effect: What 15 minutes device-free solitude does to your emotions

The results suggest that if you want to lower the intensity of your emotions, positive and negative, time alone may be just the ticket. By Christian Jarrett

New study suggests people with OCD are especially sensitive to the seasons

There may be a link between Seasonal Affective Disorder and OCD, but more research is needed. By Christian Jarrett

Rude awakening: Witnessing morning incivility darkens your experience of the whole day

People who are low in confidence and emotional stability may be especially vulnerable to the unwelcome effects of witnessing rudeness. By Alex Fradera

Episode 10: How To Stop Procrastinating

This is episode 10 of the PsychCrunch podcast: we find out about strategies for avoiding procrastination.

We’re surprisingly unaware of when our own beliefs change

The results suggest we have poor "metacognitive awareness" of our own belief change. By Christian Jarrett

There may be a sense in which expert athletes see things in slow motion

By Christian Jarrett Experienced sports players aren’t just highly skilled at executing their own actions, they also have what often…

The placebo effect is amplified when doctors appear likeable and competent

It's time to stop seeing the placebo effect as a "mysterious nuisance variable", and study how to enhance its benefits. By Christian Jarrett

“Insomnia identity” – misbelieving you’ve got sleep problems can be more harmful than actual lack of sleep

By Alex Fradera “In the dark, in the quiet, in the lonely stillness, the aggrieved struggle to rescue sleep from vigilance.”…

The psychology behind why we value physical objects over digital

Stated simply, it's easier to develop meaningful feelings of ownership over a physical entity than a digital one. By Christian Jarrett

We know intuitively how many lay opinions outweigh an expert

The findings suggest we should stop talking about the public and experts as if we have to put our faith in one or the other. By Alex Fradera

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