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  • August 20, 2008
  • 11:11 PM

How Clinical is Non-Clinical?

by Neural Outlaw in Neural Interface

So far in my budding career I've been involved in three psychology studies, all of which required the recruitment of non-clinical participants. Even before that, my psych undergraduate final-year project on schizophrenia was carried out by surveying non-clinical participants. For the benefit of lay readers, non-clinical participants refers to "normal" people who are recruited to take part in the study and are different to results gleaned from sufferers of psychosis, anxiety or oth........ Read more »

Idia B. Thurston, Jessica Curley, Sherecce Fields, Dimitra Kamboukos, Ariz Rojas, & Vicky Phares. (2008) How nonclinical are community samples?. Journal of Community Psychology, 36(4), 411-420. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.20223  

  • July 24, 2008
  • 12:44 AM

Self-affirmation makes hard-to-swallow advice more palatable

by Mark Lapierre in The Winding Path

Some recent research has given me the chance to combine the sort of topic I used to write about with my more recent focus. It’s research headed by Jennifer Crocker of the University of Michigan, on how writing about your important values affects how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people, and what influence that has on your acceptance of potentially threatening information. If you’d just like to read about the research itself, Science Daily has a good summary. I’m going t........ Read more »

  • July 15, 2008
  • 12:00 AM

Did You Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Today?

by Walter Jessen in Highlight HEALTH

Answering seems simple enough. For many people however, the need to avoid criticism and seek praise causes them to respond in a manner consistent with expected norms. Self-reports of dietary intake can be biased by these tendencies, tainting consumption data collected by the health community. Everyone knows they should eat five or more servings of [...]ShareThis... Read more »

  • March 7, 2008
  • 12:00 AM

Religion has no effect on antisocial behaviour

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

In fact, there is a trend the other way - the less religious a society is, the lower the levels of antisocial behaviour. At least according to a new study out today in Science.... Read more »

B. Herrmann, C. Thoni, & S. Gachter. (2008) Antisocial Punishment Across Societies. Science, 319(5868), 1362-1367. DOI: 10.1126/science.1153808  

  • July 7, 2005
  • 12:08 PM

Is this the lamest study ever or what?

by dave in Word Munger

On Cognitive Daily, we have editorial standards. We won’t post on a study which we don’t think is worthwhile. Fortunately here I have no such restrictions.
Consider this article from Brain and Cognition: “Appearance of Symmetry, Beauty, and Health in Human Faces.” What the researchers did is to show participants pictures of faces and ask them [...]... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

The neural correlates of romantic love

by DJ in Neuropoly

Examining a recent study that attempts to answer whether intense, romantic love of the kind commonly associated with young couples exists for long-term married couples as well.... ... Read more »

Acevedo BP, Aron A, Fisher HE, & Brown LL. (2011) Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience. PMID: 21208991  

DEGRECK, M., ROTTE, M., PAUS, R., MORITZ, D., THIEMANN, R., PROESCH, U., BRUER, U., MOERTH, S., TEMPELMANN, C., & BOGERTS, B. (2008) Is our self based on reward? Self-relatedness recruits neural activity in the reward system. NeuroImage, 39(4), 2066-2075. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.11.006  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Initial leanings: When names become destiny

by Juli Breines in Psych Your Mind

Research suggests that people are unconsciously drawn to locations and professions that resemble their names. Other aspects of names, such as uniqueness and ethnicity, also influence life outcomes.... Read more »

Pelham BW, Mirenberg MC, & Jones JT. (2002) Why Susie sells seashells by the seashore: implicit egotism and major life decisions. Journal of personality and social psychology, 82(4), 469-87. PMID: 11999918  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

The Unfaithful: Who is most likely to cheat?

by Juli Breines in Psych Your Mind

Recent research suggests that certain people might be more prone to infidelity than others. ... Read more »

Fincham FD, Lambert NM, & Beach SR. (2010) Faith and unfaithfulness: can praying for your partner reduce infidelity?. Journal of personality and social psychology, 99(4), 649-59. PMID: 20718545  

Lammers, J., Stoker, J. I., Jordan, J., Pollmann, M. M. H. . (2011) Power increases infidelity among men and women. Psychological Science. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Approaching Happiness: The Importance of Social Goals

by Amie in Psych Your Mind

The last time you went on a date or hung out with a new friend, what thoughts were going through your mind as you got ready? Were you thinking things like “I hope I have a great time tonight!” and “I hope we have a really good connection,” or were your thoughts more along the lines of “I hope I don’t make a fool out of myself” and “I hope we aren’t bored with each other”? ... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Be good to yourself

by Juli in Psych Your Mind

Discusses new research on self-compassion.... Read more »

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