Chemistry Between People: A Sum of Their Connections

Have you ever felt a special “spark” with someone—an intense bond with a potential partner, friend, or colleague? If so, you probably thought you experienced “chemistry.” Literary references to interpersonal chemistry appeared as early as 1590, when English poet John Donne wrote about “love alchemy” in his eighth elegy, The Comparison:  “Then like the Chymicks masculine equall fire,  Which in the Lymbecks warm wombe doth inspire  Into th’earths worthlesse durt a soule of gold,  Such …

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How Some Working, Single Moms Manage To Exercise

For the study, researchers followed more than 100 working, single mothers over a week and examined how their mindsets while balancing work and family tasks affected the likelihood of exhibiting healthy behaviors during their downtime. They found that family demands on working mothers make exercise much less likely when compared to people with fewer responsibilities. …

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Under the Cortex: Why Some People Won’t Get Vaccinated

Vaccines to protect against COVID-19 are now widely available in the United States. But, wide availability doesn’t mean wide acceptance. Vaccine hesitancy and individuals who proudly claim they are anti-vax are not new phenomena. But why, with so much availability, do people resist vaccines so aggressively? What is the psychology behind this hesitancy? Is there …

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ERC Starting Grant Program Accepting Proposals

Early career scientists affiliated with an EU institution who are looking to work independently and lead a new research effort should consider applying for the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant program. These grants support scientific research from any field, including psychological science, and are available to researchers with 2-7 years of experience since the …

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APS Advocates for Behavioral Science in New EU Health Emergency Initiative

In recent letter, APS commends the European Union on a new health preparedness initiative and encourages the integration of the behavioral and social sciences, including psychological science, as the initiative’s work develops.  On September 16, 2021, the European Commission (EC)—the executive branch of the EU—adopted an initiative known as HERA, the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority. As its name suggests, HERA aims to …

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Decision Fatigue: Why It’s So hard to Make Up Your Mind These Days, and How to Make It Easier

From the moment we wake up each day, we’re faced with a continuous stream of choices. Many are minor (which route to take to work), others are major (whether to accept a new job) and they all add up. When there are too many options, we tend to feel overwhelmed, anxious, stressed or otherwise out …

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Why Everyone’s Favorite Personality Test is BS

Myers-Briggs tests have a persistent hold on many of us. Employers administer them to new recruits. Singles put their results in dating profiles, next to their astrological signs. And, to my dismay, the test was even featured recently in a Fast Company article about remote work and personality types. Why, you might ask, was I dismayed by this? For that, …

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R. Allen Gardner, 91, Dies; Taught Sign Language to a Chimp Named Washoe

Washoe was 10 months old when her foster parents began teaching her to talk, and five months later they were already trumpeting her success. Not only had she learned words; she could also string them together, creating expressions like “water birds” when she saw a pair of swans and “open flower” to gain admittance to …

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Under the Cortex: Psychological Interventions for the Treatment of Chronic Pain in Adults

Pain is the body’s way of alerting the brain to injury and disease. Without a robust pain response, physical trauma could go unnoticed and untreated. Some people, however, experience chronic pain that lasts long after an injury has healed or has no easily identifiable cause. Unfortunately, treating chronic pain with over-the-counter and prescription medication has …

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Chronic Pain Treatment Should Include Psychological Interventions

Summary: The latest issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest examines psychological interventions for the treatment of chronic pain, including the gap between the evidence of the effectiveness of several psychological interventions and their availability and use in treatment.  Pain is the body’s way of alerting the brain to injury and disease. Without a …

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