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New evidence that the “chaotic mind” of ADHD brings creative advantages

Participant drawings from White, 2018 By Christian Jarrett Focus and concentration, while normally considered beneficial attributes, can stymie creativity – especially the generation of novel ideas. This has led some to wonder whether people with

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The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, which keeps hundreds of thousands of people abreast of the latest exciting findings in psychology, is seeking an additional writer: Psychology Blogger Fixed Term Contract: 12 Months (initially) Part

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The public “deserve to know” that there is an overlooked subset of people who thrive after major depression

By Emma Young Depression is a chronic, recurrent, lifelong condition. Well, that’s the current orthodox view – but it is overstated, argues a team of psychologists led by Jonathan Rottenberg at the University of South

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Deliberately scaring ourselves can calm the brain, leading to a “recalibration” of our emotions

By Christian Jarrett Among the many paradoxes of human nature is this: while many of us spend great time and energy trying to avoid negative emotions, like fear and disgust, there are others who, in

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Merely desiring to alter your personality is not enough, and may backfire unless you take concrete action to change

By Christian Jarrett Debate about how much a person’s character can and can’t change have occupied psychologists for decades, but a growing consensus is beginning to emerge. While our traits are relatively stable, they are

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Your native language affects what you can and can’t see

By Emma Young The idea that the language that you speak influences how you think about and experience the world (the so-called Sapir-Whorf hypothesis) has a long and storied history. A lot of research into

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Why the polls keep getting it so wrong; and a solution – ask people who their friends and family are voting for

By guest blogger Juliet Hodges In 2016, the unexpected outcome of two votes shook the world: the UK voting to leave the European Union, and the US electing President Donald Trump. Even the pollsters got

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Researchers are finding out why a partial loss of vision can lead to hallucinations

The findings could lead to new treatment approaches for Charles Bonnet syndrome By Emma Young The head of a brown lion. Multiple tiny, green, spinning Catherine wheels with red edges. Colourful fragments of artillery soldiers

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Psychologists claim outrage is getting a bad rap

By guest blogger Jesse Singal Outrage: It’s absolutely everywhere. Today’s world, particularly the version of it blasted into our brains by social media, offers endless fodder, from big, simmering outrages (climate change and many powerful institutions’

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