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Evidence-based justice: Corrupted memory : Nature News & Comment

August 24, 2013

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In the early hours of 9 September, 1984, a stranger entered Mrs Ms California home through an open living-room window. Finding Mrs M asleep, he tried to rape her, but fled when other people in the house awoke. Mrs M described her assailant to the police: he was black, weighing about 170 pounds and 57” […]

Top 5 Regrets of the Dying | Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

August 24, 2013

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Regrets can be seen as something that’s good if they give us insight into what we can change today for the better. Here are the Top 5. Use them as north star to help guide your actions in the days that follow toward an even more fulfilling life. Although we can veer off the path, […]

Human brains are hardwired for empathy, friendship

August 24, 2013

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Perhaps one of the most defining features of humanity is our capacity for empathy — the ability to put ourselves in others’ shoes. A new University of Virginia study strongly suggests that we are hardwired to empathize because we closely associate people who are close to us — friends, spouses, lovers — with our very […]

Babies start to imitate faithfully around 15 months — Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

August 23, 2013

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Babies copy other people’s behaviour because they want to be like them. Researchers from the MPI for Psycholinguistics and Cardiff University have demonstrated that faithful imitation starts at 15 months, earlier than was previously thought, and is socially motivated. Their study was published online in Developmental Science. August 13, 2013 Children begin to faithfully imitate […]

PLOS ONE: Analysis of Factors That Determine Weight Gain during Smoking Cessation Therapy

August 23, 2013

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Cessation of smoking lowers the risk of fatal diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, and reduces all-cause mortality [1]–[5]. Yet it is also known that one gains weight after quitting smoking [6]. Regarding the extent of such weight gain, various reports exist, but it is considered that, for persons who quit smoking on their […]

The Psychology of Freedom | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

August 22, 2013

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I’d like to examine the concept of freedom in a somewhat unusual way — from the viewpoint of motivational psychology. The starting point is to realize that there are basically four ways of influencing behavior: reward, punishment, restraint, and compulsion. Reward means offering the subject something good for performing an action. Punishment means threatening the […]

Can Dogs Feel Our Emotions? Yawn Study Suggests Yes

August 21, 2013

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Dog owners who claim their pets know their feelings may be on to something: A new study shows that canines yawn more in response to their owners’ yawns than they do to strangers’ yawns. That suggests dogs are “emotionally connected” to people, study leader Teresa Romero of the University of Tokyo said in a statement. […]