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Holiday wish

3 Jan

Happy 2023!


16 Oct

Using undergraduates as subjects, researchers found that narcissists don’t take more selfies than other people, but they do take more selfies of themselves alone. (In brief. Selfies aren’t just for narcissists. Monitor on Psychology, 52(1), p. 11)


13 Aug

Small teams of scientists are more likely than large teams to bring up innovative ideas. Big teams of scientists are more likely to expand and build on existing ideas. Both functions are important. (In brief. Small teams, big ideas. Monitor on Psychology, 2019, 50(5), p.12)


4 Oct

Keeping secrets makes us feel inauthentic, and it is hard on us when we are alone and we dwell on them. Dwelling is more harmful than actively concealing the information. (Hutson, M. Secrets and lies. Scientific American, 2017, 317(1), p. 18)


2 Jul

If you want to ask a favor, ask in person. Studies suggest that people respond to person-to-person requests much more frequently than e-mail requests. (Hutson, M. Ask in person. Scientific American Mind, 2017, 28(3), p. 17)

How To

14 Jun

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the news,
1) Learn how big a dose you can take without becoming emotionally charged.
2) Read beyond the headlines to get a fuller understanding.
3) Fact-check by comparing story lines.
4) Look at different news sources for different perspectives.
(Gold, S. S. How to be a better news consumer. Scientific American Mind, 2017, 28(3), p. 14) http://www.finebergpsychotherapy .com


13 May

Apple, with the arrival of the iphone in 2007, changed our connectivity with the world and others. But we can rely on smartphones so heavily that it interrupts our sleep, makes us afraid of missing out, and decreases our real-life connections. Being less dependent on technology can be a good thing. (Weir, K. (Dis)connected. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(3), 43-48)