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readings in psychology for march 16 2011

Posted Mar 16 2011 6:54pm

A Tiramisu Torte or Cake depending on how you view it!

Here is what I am reading today:

“Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and collaborators have demonstrated the efficacy of a “wearable,” portable PET scanner they’ve developed for rats. The device will give neuroscientists a new tool for simultaneously studying brain function and behavior in fully awake, moving animals.”

“New research reveals why people read fitness and fashion magazines featuring photos of impossibly thin or muscular models — models whose appearance highlight the readers’ own flaws.”

“Some researchers say happiness as people usually think of it—the experience of pleasure or positive feelings—is far less important to physical health than the type of well-being that comes from engaging in meaningful activity. Researchers refer to this latter state as “eudaimonic well-being.”"

“Do you need to be an expert to have a good nose? It turns out the answer is yes! Having a good nose is not something we are born with, but instead just a matter of training.”

“Learning a foreign language literally changes the way we see the world, according to new research. Panos Athanasopoulos, of Newcastle University, has found that bilingual speakers think differently to those who only use one language.”

“A new study from the Journal of Marriage and Family shows that contrary to popular anxieties about slacker young adults who refuse to grow up, or indulgent parents who stifle their adult children’s development by continuing to support them, there is evidence that parental assistance in early adulthood promotes progress toward autonomy and self-reliance.”

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