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12 Mar

Chess players’ probability of picking optimal moves peaks at age 35 and plateaus for about 10 years before starting to decline. (In brief. Cognitive performance peaks at 35. Monitor on Psychology. 2021, 52(2), pp. 16-17.)


27 Apr


14 Oct

Too much structure stifles creativity. (In brief. Wild ideas. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(7), p. 13)


31 Aug

Ignorance is bliss. One thousand subjects were asked if they wanted to know about future negative events, and 85% to 90% didn’t want to know. They were also asked if they wanted to know about future positive events, and 40% to 70% didn’t want to know , except if it were about the sex of a future child. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(6), p. 10)


22 Aug

A social psychologist at the University of California Irvine analyzed 41 experimental studies using more than 1200 subjects. They found that those who identified themselves as conservatives or liberals showed almost equal partisan bias when evaluating empirical evidence.9 Weir, K. Why we believe alternative facts: How motivation, identity and ideology combine to undermine human judgment. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(5), pp. 34-39)


13 Aug

It takes slightly longer to lie than to tell the truth. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(5), 11-12)


19 Jul

After a 10 week course in cognitive behavioral therapy, MRIs showed structural changes associated with emotional regulation and self-control. (In brief, Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(5), p. 10)


15 Jan

More years of education are associated with a lower dementia risk. (In brief, Aging. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, February, p. 10.)


5 Oct

When learning a new language, listen to it while doing other things and listen silently, rather than saying the sounds at the same time you are listening. (Greenwood, V. Scientific American Mind, 2017, 28(1),p.8)


31 Aug

In middle age, any type of of exercise more strenuous than walking is associated with better cognitive health 25 years later. (In brief. Keep moving. Monitor on Psychology, 2016. December, p. 13)