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The Power of Negative Thinking (Study; SA)

“Can our expectations for the future change how we remember the past? According to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, they can—we remember unpleasant experiences more negatively if we expect to endure them again. Researchers at … Continue reading

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(Embodiment) Grounding cultural syndromes: Body comportment and values in honor and dignity cultures (Study)

“The body is a carrier of relatively complex cultural values. Three experiments examined links between body comportment and honor (a cultural syndrome prizing female chastity, familial loyalty, and reputation). We put participants from nonhonor (Anglo-Americans; Experiment 1) and honor (Latinos; … Continue reading

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“Want to solve a problem? Don’t just use your brain, but your body, too” (Study)

“The results: The people who were allowed to gesture usually did so—and they also commonly used perceptual-motor strategies in solving the puzzles. The people whose hands were restrained, as well as those who chose not to gesture (even when allowed), … Continue reading

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What you feel influences what you see: The role of affective feelings in resolving binocular rivalry (Study)

“Abstract It seems obvious that what you see influences what you feel, but what if the opposite were also true? What if how you feel can shape your visual experience? In this experiment, we demonstrate that the affective state of … Continue reading

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Meditators can concentrate the hurt away (Study in ScienceNews)

“…in the April 6 Journal of Neuroscience. Individuals who practiced mindfulness meditation, or samatha, during a pain experiment reported much less discomfort than they did in earlier, meditation-free sessions. Samatha, the team says, flipped switches on or off in diverse … Continue reading

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Too much choice can be a bad thing (Study, APS)

“Too much choice can be a bad thing—not just for the individual, but for society. Thinking about choices makes people less sympathetic to others and less likely to support policies that help people, according to a study published in an … Continue reading

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A Full Bladder Makes You More Responsible (Study, APS)

“An upcoming study in Psychological Science found that when we’re controlling our bladder, we’re better at controlling ourselves when making decisions about the future.” http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/obsonline/a-full-bladder-makes-you-more-responsible.html

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Higher posture when generating words associated with pride compared to disappointment (Study)

“Abstract Embodiment theories predict that activating conceptual knowledge about emotions can be accompanied by re-experiencing bodily states, since simulations of sensory, motor, and introspective experiences form the foundation of conceptual representations of emotion. In the present study, we examine whether … Continue reading

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Amazing video about the strange powers of placebos

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Look at your body to reduce pain (Study)

“Simply looking at your body reduces pain, according to new research by scientists from UCL (University College London) and the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Published in the journal Psychological Science, the research shows that *viewing your hand reduces the pain … Continue reading

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