The Effect of Reading Fiction on The Brain: Do Books Increase Empathy?

The effect of reading on the brain: Can books increase empathy?

There is some debate on whether reading literary fiction has any effect on the brain. Can reading improve empathy, mentalizing (being aware of one’s and other’s thoughts), and desirable attitudes? Research in this area looks at the theory of mind and social cognition. Let us first understand these terms. Theory of Mind – This framework …

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Pro-Environmental Behavior: Herd Mentality Motivates, Money Does Not

Herd mentality and Intrinsic motivation promotes pro-environmental behavior change

There are several ways to influence and persuade people, but this post will only focus on persuasion and motivation for adopting pro-environmental behaviors. Environmental awareness is one part of the solution. The other part is motivating people to adopt behaviors that help conserve, preserve, and sustain the environment. How can psychologists help in promoting these …

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The Beautiful Science of Ugliness Reveals Ugly Truths About How we Judge Others

Am I ugly like gollum? The psychology of beauty ideals and standards

This is a long article with tonnes of research and explanations for factors related to the concept of ugly. I have detailed research insights on ugliness, beauty standards, our perception of beauty, and the concept of attractiveness. Oh, and I have a special message for you at the end. Scroll all the way to the …

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The Social Psychology Of Heavy Metal & Rock Music: Research On Metalheads

The psychology of heavy metal music

Picture this: A bunch of unique looking headbanging people listening to heavy music; entering a whirlpool of human collision in front of their favorite artist; raising their fists in the air; raising the devil’s horns \m/. What is that all about? Who are they? These are the metalheads. What is their psychology? We are going …

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Everyone’s intelligence is unique and changeable. Here is why.

Everyone is made up of the same matter; most humans have the same anatomy – 2 hands, 2 legs, 1 head, etc. Layouts are roughly the same. But, the more you zoom in, the more differences you find. We have differently sized palms, we have different eyebrows, lips, noses, etc. So why are we unique …

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Using the scientific method to beat the “I can’t do this” inner voice

Using the scientific method to beat the demotivating inner voice: I can't do this, I don't have what it takes

What do you do when your inner voice demotivates you and you feel you can’t do anything? You adopt the scientific method. By using the scientific method in how you think, you can totally defeat that demotivating pessimistic inner voice which tells you that you can’t do it or you don’t have what it takes.  …

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Am I Weird? Yes, You Are. And That’s As Normal As You Can Be.

Am I weird or normal? Here is statistical point of view

If you are like most people, you must’ve wondered if you are weird. What a contradiction, right? Most people? Why would you be weird if you really are like most people?  Ah wait… this is confusing. Let’s break down the problem a bit.  Have you wondered if you are normal?  Have you wondered if you …

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The scientific truth behind ‘Fake it till you make it’

Fake it till you make it psychology

It really works. You can fake it till you make it. You can fake a smile to become happier. After analyzing 138 studies, researchers have strong evidence to show that smiling can make you happy. You can fake confidence to increase it and then lower anxiety. But not exactly, not always. If you wish to …

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