Psychology

How to get liked and shared on Facebook

How to get liked and shared on Facebook: new research

A new study of the Facebook pages of 20 Australian public health agencies reveals that videos, celebrities, sports stars, emotional appeals and factual information...
Joking your way to the top: why laughter is the best medicine for stressed executives

Joking your way to the top: why laughter is the best medicine for stressed...

Workplaces are not generally very funny places to be, but new research has found humor can be just the thing to get an organization...
Pokémon Go may boost our memory capacity

Pokémon Go may boost our memory capacity

“Gotta catch them all, Pokémon!” Or in this case – got to remember them all, Pokémon. Weiwei Zhang, assistant professor of psychology at the University...
Frequent dining out may lead to food budget-busting behaviors

Frequent dining out may lead to food budget-busting behaviors

People who frequently dine out --including workers who often eat out for lunch -- may struggle to maintain control of their food budget, according...
Teenage boys who show empathy attract more girlfriends than boys who don't

Teenage boys who show empathy attract more girlfriends than boys who don’t

Boys high in cognitive empathy attracted an average of 1.8 more girl friendships than low empathy counterparts, as revealed by a landmark study. The Australian...
World Happiness Report

World Happiness Report ranks Canada 7th happiest country in the world

Canada is the seventh happiest country in the world, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report edited by CIFAR Co-Director John F. Helliwell. Although the top ten countries...
A 48-hour sexual 'afterglow' helps to bond partners over time

A 48-hour sexual ‘afterglow’ helps to bond partners over time

Sex plays a central role in reproduction, and it can be pleasurable, but new findings suggest that it may serve an additional purpose: bonding partners together. A study of...
Critical Thinking Instruction in Humanities Reduces Belief in Pseudoscience

Critical thinking instruction in humanities reduces belief in pseudoscience

A recent study by North Carolina State University researchers finds that teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in...
People remain calm as the world ends, video game study suggests

People remain calm as the world ends, video game study suggests

As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing "Kumbayah" or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior? A new study, based upon...
Facebook depression

How to avoid feeling depressed on Facebook

Comparing yourself with others on Facebook is more likely to lead to feelings of depression than making social comparisons offline. That's one of the findings...