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When you're trying to understand a complex phenomenon, a sensible approach is to pare things back as far as possible. Psychologists have applied that very principle to test a popular theory of humour.
The Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction has been won for the first time by a science writer, with Steve Silberman picking up the award for 'Neurotribes', a book on autism and its history.
Slot machines are the great cash cow of the gambling industry. They are exquisitely designed with one purpose in mind: to encourage gamblers to play until they are penniless.
A new study published in the Psychology of Music tests whether positive music increases people's willingness to do bad things to others.
Research has suggested that viewing pictures of unrealistically thin female models makes young women feel bad – leaving them dissatisfied with their own bodies, more sad, angry and insecure.
The rise of the selfie (and its widespread use on social media) has given people more control than ever over the impression they present to the world.
Suicidal thoughts are relatively common whereas acts of suicide are, thankfully, far more rare. But this creates a dilemma – how to judge the risk of thoughts turning into action?
At last year's BBC Proms the Aurora Orchestra performed Mozart’s symphony no.40 in G minor entirely from memory.
The Psychologist will be making an appearance at a major UK festival this month. ‘The Psychologist and Wellcome Trust presents…’ slot at the Latitude Festival pairs Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore with author Fiona Neill for a discussion on ‘Being Young Never Gets Old – Teenagers Debunked’.
Harry Potter fans strongly self-identify with the different Houses within Hogwarts, the story’s magical school.
In our part of the world, more people are living on their own than ever before. People also say they have fewer close friends.
If you sell your soul to heavy metal do you pay for it later in life?
No matter how much you plan and organise, you will always meet unexpected moments - surprising conversations, choices and challenges.  In these moments there is no plan.
“I thought that mental health and mental health care were a load of **** until I needed help and went and got treatment and/or saw others who needed help go and get treatment.” Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes has collaborated
Patents, citations, and copyright all indicate how much it matters to people that they can claim an idea as their own.
A tale of a family’s journey through terminal illness has won the Wellcome Book Prize.
Professor Sophie Scott (University College London) is becoming the Queen of Laughter, which is not a bad title to have.
Identifying with a specific group of online gamers, such those who play Football Manager, can help gamers’ overall feelings of psychological wellbeing. This finding by Dr Linda Kaye from Edge Hill University was presented today at the Annual Conference of the British Psychology Society in Liverpool earlier this week.
Neuroscientist Dr Kris De Meyer (King’s College London) and filmmaker Sheila Marshall are putting the finishing touches to Right Between Your Ears, a documentary about how we can become convinced that we are right, even when we are completely wron
Psychologists have documented a striking increase in references to alcohol and heavy drinking in the lyrics of UK chart music.
If you are a health psychology practitioner, academic or trainee then our Division of Health Psychology is challenging you to encapsulate the essence of health psychology in an image that you have created, accompanied by 150 words.
The super-heroines who feature in the X-Men series and other comic-book films challenge traditional gender stereotypes in the sense that they are powerful, strong and smart.
That's the suggestion of a new study discussed on our Research Digest blog.
Most of the time, when a magician asks you to "pick a card" she makes it feel as though you have a free choice, but you don't really.
The shortlist for the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize has been announced.
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