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Where You Can Stick Those Negative Thoughts

Back when I was in eighth grade, I was lucky enough to have a pretty great teacher who happened to have some pretty interesting teaching techniques. For one, there was the dressing up like a crazy football freak for the … Continue reading

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Another Rational Way to Become More Moderate

On Tuesday, I talked about research that showed just how malleable our supposed extreme biases and iron-clad beliefs can be. Simply by making fonts difficult to read, people’s attitudes on highly controversial subjects become more moderate. Today, I’ve got another … Continue reading

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Convince People You’re Right with Hard-to-Read Fonts

President Obama and the rest of the Democrats currently sitting in Congress have a tough road ahead of them. Not only do their own party members sometimes disagree with their policy suggestions, they face the never-ending brick wall that is … Continue reading

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Black or White vs. Hello or Bonjour

How do you categorize yourself amongst others? How do you differentiate “your” types of people versus outsiders with whom you might not see eye to eye? It might seem like a simple question, but the answers might vary more than … Continue reading

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Arachnaphobia Treatment Shows Complex Wiring for Fear

What are you afraid of? If you’re like most normal, sane people, the emotion of fear is one hell of an evolutionary ally. Grizzly bears, falling off of a mountain, poisonous snakes, a gun pointing at your head, being stuck … Continue reading

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Kissing = Picking Your Partner’s Nose

Everybody knows the rules of engagement when riding in an elevator; either maintain your distance with eyes forward or pick up a small amount of idle chit chat to relieve some of the inherent tension. The behavior is surprisingly similar … Continue reading

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Inaction Boosts Self-Control

When you’re trying to exert some self-control, how do you do it? Do you tell yourself to take control of your actions or to suppress your urges? Or do you just tell yourself over and over not to do it … Continue reading

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Young Bullies Make for More Fun Teenagers

For all of those out there who got bullied in their teenage years and took solace in the knowledge that their tormenters likely would wind up failures, take notice – you were probably right. Okay, so that’s a bit extreme. … Continue reading

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Beevil Knievel: Thrill Seeking Bees Show Signs of Personality

We often ascribe human emotions onto other animals, especially those that are furry and cute. Dogs, cats, elephants, dolphins and of course our cousins in the great ape branch of the evolutionary tree all exhibit signs of the capability to … Continue reading

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Getting Smarter Can Change Your Personality, Even at 70

There are plenty of sayings out there that insinuate that people can’t change. There’s the,“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” one for starters. But I don’t believe it. How many stories have you heard about near-death experiences where … Continue reading

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