2005

Healthy Scepticism Towards Research Pays Off

4 August 2005

Don’t believe everything you read – even if it has been published in a reputable scientific journal: “Dr John Ioannidis of the University of Ioannina in Greece, writing in the […]

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Cognitive Therapy Reduces Repeat Suicide Attempts by 50 Percent

3 August 2005

“Each year in the U.S., 25,000 adults commit suicide. People who have attempted suicide are at high risk for another suicide attempt. Researchers wanted to know how to reduce that […]

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Implanting False Memories May Help Dieters

3 August 2005

Here’s a study that’s guaranteed to set psychologists’ minds a-spinning with ethical issues. Professor Loftus (left) at the University of California managed to put participants off strawberry ice cream, pickles […]

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How Culture Shapes Illness

2 August 2005

Mind Hacks have a good entry on how mental illness is shaped by culture:

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Dating Formula Finds ‘Worthless Gifts’ Get the Girls

29 July 2005

It’s Friday so let’s kick back and enjoy some geek psychology. Seeing the phrases ‘human courtship’ and ‘mathematical modelling’ in the same sentence means only one thing – a couple […]

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Psychology of Magic

28 July 2005

Light piece in The Guardian on the psychology of magic. “…not content with just enjoying the tricks, psychologists are now using their effects on the mind to work out how […]

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Look Into My Eyes

26 July 2005

As the eyes are the window to the soul, psychologists’ fascination with them is no surprise. In the first of two new studies, cognitive psychologists looked at whether there was […]

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