December 2004

Academic turns city into a social experiment

25 December 2004

The outgoing mayor of Bogota – Antanas Mockus – has been running some fascinating social psychology experiments with the 6.5 million inhabitants of the city. His unusual methods of instilling […]

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Exploding the self-esteem myth

23 December 2004

“Boosting people’s sense of self-worth has become a national preoccupation. Yet surprisingly, research shows that such efforts are of little value in fostering academic progress or preventing undesirable behavior.” > […]

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Psychology and sometimes a slap

13 December 2004

“How does a government gain information from a terrorist? The question is of more than academic interest to the United States- which, in places like Abu Ghraib prison, outside Baghdad, […]

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Reality of a heavy thinker

11 December 2004

“It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then — to loosen up. Inevitably, though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more […]

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Books replace antidepressants in pilot scheme

9 December 2004

A lecturer at Plymouth University has set up a pilot scheme for treating those with mild to moderate depression that does not involve antidepressants. Patients on the scheme will be […]

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Left-handers better in a fight

8 December 2004

“The endurance of left-handedness has puzzled researchers, because it is linked to disadvantages including an increased risk of some diseases. But University of Montpellier experts, writing in Proceedings B, say […]

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Curb on the happy pills

6 December 2004

It seems that the tide of opinion is beginning to turn against SSRI anti-depressants, the most well-known of which are Prozac and Seroxat. The UK Government announced today that doctors […]

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