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Economy

Marketing Gets into Your Head

Do you often lust after the most expensive item on the shelf?

Neuroscience

Dreaming Can Improve Memory

While it is believed that sleep is among the best aides for a good memory, new research conducted by Erin Wamsley of Harvard Medical School shows that dreaming while sleeping can improve our memories even further.

Social Psychology

Cooperative Behavior Meshes With Evolutionary Theory

ScienceDaily (Apr. 7, 2009) — One of the perplexing questions raised by evolutionary theory is how cooperative behavior, which benefits other members of a species at a cost to the individual, came to exist.

Problem solving

Motivated Multitasking: How the Brain Keeps Tabs on Two Tasks at Once

New research shows that rather than being totally devoted to one goal at a time, the human brain can distribute two goals to different hemispheres to keep them both in mind--if it perceives a worthy reward for doing so

Neuroscience

Patients with Amnesia Still Feel Emotions, Despite Memory Loss

A new University of Iowa study offers some good news for caregivers and loved ones of individuals with Alzheimer's disease. Patients might forget a joke or a meaningful conversation -- but even so, the warm feelings associated with the experience can stick around and boost their mood.

Neuroscience

Bodily motions influence memory and emotions

When talking about our feelings, we often use expressions that link emotions with movements or positions in space. If, for example, one receives good news, they might say that their "spirit soared", or that they are feeling "on top of the world". Conversely, negative emotions are associated with downward movements and positions - somebody who is sad is often said to be "down in the dumps", or feeling "low".

Neuroscience

Psychopaths' Brains Wired to Seek Rewards, No Matter the Consequences

The brains of psychopaths appear to be wired to keep seeking a reward at any cost, new research from Vanderbilt University finds. The research uncovers the role of the brain's reward system in psychopathy and opens a new area of study for understanding what drives these individuals.

Strategic Psychology

Scientists Find First Physiological Evidence of Brain's Response to Inequality

The human brain is a big believer in equality -- and a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, has become the first to gather the images to prove it.

Social Psychology

Titanic study: It takes time to do the right thing Researchers learn about social norms in crises by comparing the Titanic and Lusitania sinkings

Researchers learn about social norms in crises by comparing the Titanic and Lusitania sinkings

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