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There's a snobbishness about relaxation time. Tell someone your hobby is watching TV and chances are they'll look at you with derision. Mention meditation, reading or yoga and you're far more likely to attract nods of approval.
When dance partners perform, their bodily movements become synchronised. This is deliberate on their part, of course, and we can see the timed interplay of their actions.
Every year, hundreds of word lovers arrive from across the US to compete in the American Crossword Puzzle tournament.
It's a quirk of human nature that many of us enjoy sad music. Research last year uncovered some reasons why, including feeling a sense of connection, and the aesthetic appeal.
The concentration levels of pre-schoolers are not adversely affected by fast-paced television programmes, a study has concluded.
Why was Darth Vader such a bad dude? According to a team of psychologists, it's down to his lack of parental care: the fact he was separated from his mother at age 9, and his father's absence. 
Pop music is being used as part of a memory game in a bid to better understand how it can stick in the mind, even years after being released.
The winners of the All in the Mind Mental Health Awards 2014 were announced on the BBC Radio 4 programme last night. Professor Dorothy Miell, President of the British Psychological Society, was at the ceremony in London.
The Annual Conference of the Faculty of the Psychology of Older People (FPOP), part of our Division of Clinical Psychology, takes place in Shrewsbury tomorrow (25 June) and Thursday.
The winners of the All in the Mind Awards will be revealed this evening at 9pm. The awards are being made to mark the 25th anniversary of this BBC Radio 4 programme.
Children and adults who learn musical instruments could enjoy improved cognitive function, a new study has suggested.
The summer festival season is here again and many people will soon be packing up their cars to enjoy some music in the sunshine (or rain, as the case may be).
This has been the fifth and final week of the BBC Radio Four series In Search of Ourselves: A History of Psychology and the Mind.
The daily BBC Radio 4 history of pychology and the mind has an  omnibus edition on Friday evenings.
The Chartered Psychologist and broadcaster Professor Tanya Byron is to give a free public lecture during the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Counselling Psychology. She will discuss how we can raise happy and emotionally resilient children despite the pressures of 21st-century life.
The final programme in the Psychology FM series will be broadcast tomorrow (14 May) by the Manchester radio station All FM at 11am. This series has charted the evolution of psychology while shedding light on its modern incarnations.
A study into brain patterns suggests musical training can alter the way we think.
The new BBC Radio 4 series featuring the author and broadcaster Martin Sixsmith has a weekly omnibus edition on Friday evenings. This first such edition be broadcast this evening (Friday 2 May) at 9pm.
Wednesday (30 April) sees the latest programme in the Psychology FM series broadcast by the Manchester radio station All FM. The broadcast, which starts at 11am, will look at community and critical psychology.
The UK Conference of Science Journalists at the Royal Society is always an eagerly anticipated and highly attended event - and ten students have the opportunity to go free this year thanks to a set of scholarships.
Lady Luck is fickle, but many of us believe we can read her mood. A new study of one year's worth of bets made via an online betting site shows that gamblers' attempts to predict when their luck will turn has some unexpected consequences.
A new BBC Radio 4 series featuring the author and broadcaster Martin Sixsmith starts on Monday at 1.45pm.
There has long been a tradition of using photographs to capture, reveal, and expose. A photograph has the ability to arouse emotion – oftentimes, some would argue, more effectively than a verbal or written description.
Wednesday (16 April) sees the latest programme in the Psychology FM series broadcast by the Manchester radio station All FM.
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