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Taking a photo of something impairs your memory of it, but the reasons remain largely mysterious

By Alex Fradera Avid photographers celebrate the viewfinder as a means of helping us see the world anew. But psychology research has shown that under some conditions taking a photo of something actually makes it harder

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People who think their opinions are superior to others are most prone to overestimating their relevant knowledge and ignoring chances to learn more

By guest blogger Tom Stafford We all know someone who is convinced their opinion is better than everyone else’s on a topic – perhaps, even, that it is the only correct opinion to have. Maybe,

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A new study claims that, under pressure, imposter syndrome hits men harder than women

By Christian Jarrett The idea that some of us experience “imposter syndrome” was first mooted in the 1970s by two US clinical psychologists who noticed the preponderance of high-achieving women who felt they had somehow

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Sending a supportive text to your partner can reduce their physiological stress levels, but only if you’re subtle about it

By Alex Fradera The average young adult sends more than 100 texts per day, mainly to offer social support to friends and family. But until now, there has been little evidence whether it helps the recipient

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Researchers have compared different cognitive strategies for falling out of love

By Emma Young From You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling to Nothing Compares 2 U, there’s no shortage of songs about heartbreak. None, I suspect, contains the line, “Now it’s time to give negative reappraisal a

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Neurotic folk spend more time doing chores

By Christian Jarrett If personality traits are a genuine concept and not merely an artefact of psychologists’ imagination, then how people choose to spend their time ought to correlate with their scores on personality questionnaires,

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New literature review warns that current sexual assault interventions might actually increase offending among high-risk men

By Alex Fradera Psychology can help people one person at a time, but it also holds the promise of changing society at a mass scale, through campaigns to change attitudes and behaviour. One such endeavour is

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New trial finds that frequent aerobic exercise reduces the hard-to-treat “negative symptoms” of schizophrenia

By Emma Young Aerobic exercise – any activity that gets your heart pumping harder – improves mood, anxiety and memory. It can help people with major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder. Now there’s

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