Psychology

5 psychological reasons why people fall for scams – and how to avoid them

Con artists, fraudsters and their hapless victims are a staple of the news cycle and hardly a week seems to pass without a story...

How to co-parent after divorce

In Australia, around 21,000 divorces involving children occur annually. Separation and divorce can be an emotionally exhausting and difficult time, something which is recognized by...
Scientists discover four new personality types

Scientists discover four new personality types

Northwestern University researchers have sifted through data from more than 1.5 million questionnaire respondents and found at least four distinct clusters of personality types...

Regret is a gambler’s curse, scientists say

What goes through a gambler’s mind after she’s placed her bet? It’s not just the anticipation of a big payoff, or doubts about the wisdom...

Why do we love robotic dogs, puppets and dolls?

There’s a lot of hype around the release of Sony’s latest robotic dog. It’s called “aibo,” and is promoted as using artificial intelligence to respond...

Business genius can be taught, study says

How did Steve Jobs do it? What about Whole Foods Market and Starbucks? These kinds of "breakout" success stories show what is possible when...

Our gender stereotypes begin at age 10

Last year in Shanghai, the grandmother of an 11-year-old girl pondered her granddaughter's future. "Girls should be economically independent," the woman said. But, she added, marrying...

Pain and negative emotions: the vicious cycle

In a recent study, Penn State researchers find emotions such as anger or sadness often are result of stress or pain, and that they...

Genes are key to academic success, says new study

Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will...

The science of superstition and why people believe in the unbelievable

The number 13, black cats, breaking mirrors, or walking under ladders, may all be things you actively avoid – if you’re anything like the...