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Screen time before bed has very little impact on mental health in teenagers, O...
Screen time has little effect on teenagers mental health , despite fears about the impact late-night gaming or TV viewing is having on the world s youth, a new study has concluded. Scientists at the University of Oxford used data on more than 17,000 children from across Ireland, the UK and the US, mainly comprising teenagers but with some as young as eight. They found screens were not related to the wellbeing of children using devices for hours during the ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Apr 15
To Encourage Girls in Science, Talk Action, Not Identity
Girls persevere longer and are more engaged in science tasks when they are asked to 8220 do science, 8221 rather than 8220 be scientists, 8221 finds a new study in the journal Psychological Science. It 8217 s the latest of a slew of experiments identifying small differences in a teacher 8217 s language that may improve motivation in science particularly for students who feel threatened by stereotypes suggesting they are less likely to perform well in the s ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Mar 4
Considering Your Opponent’s Perspective Isn’t Likely to Change Your View
It 8217 s a piece of advice we 8217 ve all received at one time or another Don 8217 t judge someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes. It 8217 s based on the assumption that seeing things from another person 8217 s perspective can open our minds and bring us closer together. New research contradicts that axiom. It finds that temporarily adopting the point of view of a political opponent can actually harden our original positions. 8220 Despite its ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Feb 18
These Are the Best Ways to Improve Your Memory
All day every day, your brain is bombarded with new information. Confronted with this tsunami of sensory and cerebral input, it s no wonder much of it slips through your memory s grasp. But if you feel like you re forgetting more than you should or if you just want to pump up your retention and recall there are some science-backed ways to improve your memory. 8212 But there are things you can do. Mindfulness meditation may help beef up your memory. One sma ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Jan 21
A research-backed reason not to worry about what your peers think of you
Can you ever really know what your colleagues think about you New research suggests there s a good chance you already do. In a meta-analysis led by Hyunji Kim, a psychologist at York University in Toronto, researchers from Canada and Australia found that across more than 150 studies in which subjects ranked themselves in personality tests and were rated by peers, the gaps between self- and peer-perceptions were not wide. This wasn t the case when the subje ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Jan 21
The Pacific Standard Guide to Gift Giving
If you clicked on the headline to this story, one thing is obvious You really saved your Christmas shopping until the last minute. That said, here are a few well-researched tips that might come in handy as you start swiping that credit card 8212 Don 8217 t Feel Too Bad If You Need to Re-Gift You might be deterred from re-gifting for fear that the original giver will find out about your slothful Christmas strategy. But fortunately, those original gift-giver ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Jan 14
Giving, Rather Than Receiving, Leads To Lasting Happiness: Study
New U.S. research has found that we may get longer-lasting happiness by giving to others, rather than receiving for ourselves. Carried out by psychologists from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management , the new research involved a series of experiments to see which brought the longest-lasting joy giving a gift to yourself or to others. In one of the experiments, 96 participants received 5 ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Dec 31
Young people are vulnerable to loneliness too
At its most basic level, loneliness is unwanted solitude. However, it can also be a sense of isolation completely unrelated to how many people are around. It s a feeling that has more to do with the quality of our relationships than our real or virtual friend count. One can feel cripplingly lonely in a crowd and, in many ways, this its worst manifestation like dying of thirst on a desert island surrounded by cool, blue, undrinkable, seawater. Psychologists ...
Psychological Science - Wed. Dec 12
Social scientists reveal everything you need to know about holding the perfect...
Does your boss have an unhealthy relationship with flow charts Do your colleagues scroll on their phones during meetings Do you find meetings that should take 15 minutes last an hour You re not alone, but help is on the way thanks to a team of psychological scientists who analyzed nearly 200 scientific studies of workplace meetings. Their report with actionable tips on how to improve meetings is published in the latest edition of the peer-reviewed Current ...
Psychological Science - Wed. Dec 12
Spoiler Alert! The Psychology Of Surprise Endings
Writers and filmmakers hoping to hoodwink their fans with plot twists have long known what cognitive scientists know All of us have blind spots in the way we assess the world. We get distracted. We forget how we know things. We see patterns that aren 8217 t there. Because these blind spots are wired into the brain, they act in ways that are predictable so predictable that storytellers from Sophocles to M. Night Shyamalan have used them to lead us astray. I ...
Psychological Science - Wed. Dec 12
Kill the competition: why siblings fight but colleagues cooperate
There is a certain rhythm to the swing of sibling relations. We resent our brothers and sisters in childhood. We support them in adulthood. We sue them after the reading of the will. The choreographer of this dance, as in so many others, is competition. When we lobby our parents for their affection and income, we make a claim on finite resources. And since our siblings also expect their cut, we inevitably come into conflict with them. What is implicit in c ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Nov 26
Vergeht uns der Spaß am Fußball? (Do we miss the fun of football?)
Wer wissen will, warum K nig Fu ball die Welt regiert, muss nur die alten Philosophen fragen, am besten Immanuel Kant. Der hat schon fr h erkannt Der Himmel hat den Menschen als Gegengewicht gegen die vielen M hseligkeiten drei Dinge gegeben die Hoffnung, den Schlaf und das Lachen. Der Fu ball l sst sie lachen. Der Spa ist der Sauerstoff der Seele, behaupten kluge K pfe, jedenfalls entf hrt der Fu ball seine Fans aus der qu lenden Realit t des Alltags in e ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Nov 26