Tag Archives: psychology

My Desk Is Really Messy

I’m messy. Always have been, I’m afraid. It’s not aesthetically appealing, but it’s actually pretty well organized. Still, being surrounded by such mess makes me feel kind of guilty. So I was intrigued when I saw a press release a … Continue reading

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Cooperation (and Mr. Rogers)

This week I had a chance to make a Mr. Rogers reference in a story, and I didn’t do it. I was writing about a psychology study on cooperation, and I felt like Mr. Rogers might have something to say … Continue reading

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Growing Old Doesn’t Sound So Bad

Yeah, I know what you’ve heard. The forgetting, the slowing down. When you grow old, your brain can’t do everything it used to. But that’s not the whole story. There are plenty of psychological benefits to getting older. I wrote … Continue reading

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Different Language, Different Person?

I’m fascinated by bilingualism, probably partly because I speak a lot of languages badly. I realize that even speaking a foreign language badly makes me unusual in the U.S., but compared to the rest of the world, I am pretty … Continue reading

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Smell and Memory

Sniff sniff. Sniff. Have you ever had that experience where you smell something and are whisked back in time to your childhood? A lot of people have. Proust wasn’t just making it up with the whole madeleine thing, you know. … Continue reading

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happy people live longer

Yet again, I find reason to be happy that I am happy. Hm. That is an odd sentence. Anyway, a new study from the UK finds that happy people live longer. I wrote it up for ScienceNOW last week. This … Continue reading

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brains are somethin’ else

Forget lessons. You can get better at putting just by using a famous person’s golf club. Ok, not even. A golf club that you are *told* belonged to a famous person. I wrote about it for ScienceNOW today. Confidence is … Continue reading

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men with sexy dance moves

Lots of male animals perform dances as part of their mating display. They’re trying to impress females, the theory goes, by showing how strong/agile/graceful/whatever they are, with the idea being that these are qualities the females would like to pass … Continue reading

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older and better

It’s the thing I didn’t realize about getting older: life gets better. Nobody really knows why, but a lead theory is that the older you get, the better you are at letting stuff go. You know who you are, you … Continue reading

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throw some haggis on the barbie

I keep having this problem with foreign languages. I learned Norwegian – a little in Minnesota, a little in Oslo. Then I moved to Trondheim and discovered that nobody outside of Oslo speaks the nice standard Norwegian that you learn … Continue reading

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