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Cognitive Psychology looks at the ways in which we can explain disorders and behavior through cognitive processes. Learn about the Cognitive Approach and the studies, experiments and treatments relating to it.

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Dark Sense of Humor Linked to High Intelligence - Study

Black Humor
Dark Sense of Humor Linked to Intelligence

People who appreciate taboo jokes and other forms of black humor show higher levels of intelligence, according to a recent study.
Facial Attractiveness Draws Longer Attention - Study

Facial Attraction Influences Gaze

Facial attractiveness affects visual gaze, according to a new study.
How Your Speech Reveals Your Political Leanings

Language and Politics
Language Reveals Your Politics

A study reveals people's sentence construction often reflects their political ideology.
Maximizer vs Satisficer Quiz

Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

Discover your approach to decision-making with the maximizer vs satisficer quiz.
Psychology Reading Test

Cold Reading Test
Psychic or Cold Reading?

Take the psychology reading test and see what cold reading could say about you.
Psychology of Choice

Choice Psychology
Psychology of Choice

How psychology explains the everyday decisions that we make, and how we are unaware of the influences that guide the choices we make.
Narrative Transportation: How Movies and Novels Influence Audiences' Beliefs

Narrative Transportation
How Narratives Influence Us

How fictional characters and events in TV shows, films and novels influence our attitudes and behavior.
Study: Blinking Could Be Key to Magic Tricks

The Secret Behind Magic Tricks?

A study reveals that split-second periods of blinking coincide with key moments of deception during magic tricks.
Problem Solving

Problem Solving
Solving Life's Problems

What techniques do we use to solve problems? A look at brainstorming, experimentation, introspection and simulation, with evaluations of each method.
Animal Communication

Animal Communication
Animal Language

How do animals communicate with each other? A look at the Lana project, Washoe, a comparison with human communication and evaluation of research.
Intelligence Theory

Measuring Intelligence
Measuring Intelligence

A look at theories of human intelligence, and how we can categorize difference types of intelligence.
Free Will vs Determinism

Free Will
Does Free Will Exist?

Exploration of the free will vs determinism debate, including a look at compatibilism.
Trusting our Choices

Excessive Choice
Trusting Our Choices

Can too many choices be bad for us, and how much can we trust our own decisions?
Language Acquisition

Learning Languages
How to Learn a Language

How do we learn languages? A look at theories of language acquisition with criticisms of these theories.
Brain Distinguishes 'Faked' Laughter From Authentic - Study

False Laughter
Brain Recognizes 'Fake' Laughter

False laughter activates different brain regions to natural emotional response, according to fMRI study.
Maximizers vs Satisficers: Who Makes Better Decisions?

Maximizers and Satisficers
Maximizers Vs Satisficers

Do maximizers or satisficers take the best approach to decision making, and which personality type is happiest with their decisions?
Cognitive Approach

Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Approach

Introduction to the cognitive approach in psychology. Explanation and evaluation of this approach.

Superstitious Pigeons

How Skinner's pigeon experiment revealed signs of superstition in pigeons.
Election Day Temperatures Influence Voting Choices - Study

Decision Making
Election Day Temperatures Influence Voting Choices - Study

Temperature affects decision making and influences voters' preferred candidate on election day, according to new research.
Stages of Language Acquisition

Language Acquisition Stages
Stages of Language Acquisition

What stages do we go through to learn our language?
Rational Emotive Therapy

Rational Emotive
Think Rationally.

Overview to Rational Emotive Therapy as a treatment in psychology. Includes explanations of different developments in the RET field and an evaluation of the treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be used as a treatment. Article includes an introduction to CBT, exposure therapy, the Negative Triad as well as the successes and criticisms of the treatment.
Theories of Learning

Cognitive Psychology
Theories of Learning

Theories in psychology of how we acquire knowledge and skills.
Psychology or 'Cold' Reading Explained

Cognitive Psychology
Psychology or 'Cold' Reading Explained

What is cold reading and what's the psychology behind it?