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Avatar therapy helps adults feel more like children

Jul 29, 2013
A research team working at the University of Barcelona has found that when adults are represented by child avatars in a virtual world, they act more like children.
Posted In: Avatar, psychology, spain
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Money: The myth we all believe in

Jul 12, 2013
Those pieces of paper we call cash only have value because we all believe they do. So, why does our collective faith in money actually work?
Posted In: Money, dollar bill, psychology
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Avatar therapy aims to aid patients with schizophrenia

Jun 20, 2013
A psychiatrist in England is using digital avatars -- almost like characters in a video game -- to help people with schizophrenia put a face to the voices in their heads.
Posted In: Health, mental health, psychology, avatars
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How colors and music influence your decisions

Mar 25, 2013
A new book explores how our environment -- everything from colors to music to weather -- affects our decision-making.
Posted In: psychology, decision
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Why we follow trends (even bad ones)

Mar 6, 2013
One marketing professor's look at why some foods, music and names enter the zeitgeist, while other things don't.
Posted In: trends, yogurt, psychology
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When negative is positive: Freakonomics on feedback

Mar 6, 2013
Sure, we all like to hear compliments. But if you’re truly looking to get better at something, criticism is what will get you there.
Posted In: freakonomics, psychology
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How your friends affect your job prospects

Feb 18, 2013
A new book charts the connection between your career and the friends you keep.
Posted In: career, psychology
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Getting back to the office in the wake of tragedy

Dec 18, 2012
In Connecticut today, people are heading back to work after Friday's tragic shooting in Newtown.
Posted In: Newtown, shooting, psychology, workplace
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When it comes to charity, the poor give more

Dec 14, 2012
Those who earn $50,000 to $75,000 donate about eight percent of their discretionary income. That's twice as much -- percentage-wise -- as those making above $200,000.
Posted In: Charity, Wealth and Poverty, psychology
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The better side of boredom

Dec 4, 2012
Ever wonder what it really means when you're bored?
Posted In: boredom, psychology

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