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Cognitive Psychology

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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Psychology Reading Test

  Date of birth: Day (1-31): Month (1-12): Year (e.g. 1975): For centuries, people have claimed the ability to 'divine' information using Tarot cards, astrology and dowsing. Gender:   Male   Female Most treasured possession: Favourite number: Most...

How Your Speech Reveals Your Political Leanings

Can the way you construct sentences reveal your political philosophy? According to researchers, the way in which people use grammar in speech and in writing may be linked to their political persuasion. Psychologists observed that people of a conservative persuasion tend to take comfort in stability, and proposed that linguistically, nouns fulfill this...

Psychology of Choice

Each day, we make countless choices and decisions. We will consider some choices, such as when house-hunting, for weeks or even months. But the majority of decisions we make, such as which clothes to wear this morning or what to eat for lunch, are made routinely without substantial conscious consideration on our part. An abundance of choice in our...

Maximizer vs Satisficer Quiz

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

Dark Sense of Humor Linked to High Intelligence - Study

Do you find yourself holding back your laughter at tasteless or morbid jokes? An appreciation of black humor could be an indicator of intelligence levels, according to the findings of a new Austrian study published in the journal Cognitive Processing. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna have found that the enjoyment of so-called...

Narrative Transportation: How Movies and Novels Influence Audiences' Beliefs

Ever watch films or read novels and feel as though you are being ‘swept away’ to another world? Have you ever felt so attached to a character in a story that you shared their heartbreak when he met with misfortune, and her joy when she triumphed? If you have, you are not alone: you are likely experiencing narrative transportation, a...

Facial Attractiveness Draws Longer Attention - Study

Facial attractiveness influences the amount of time you are likely to spend looking at another person, according to the findings of a new study by researchers in Austria. A team of researchers led by Helmut Leder, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Vienna, conducted the experiment which sought to understand the effects of attractiveness on...

Problem Solving

Problem solving is part of a process that includes finding problems and forming and shaping them. It is a process that requires cognitive function and skills on a mental level. Problem solving happens when intelligence goes from one state of existence to another state of existence, that is desired. There are at least six methods that are used to solve...

Intelligence Theory

Intelligence is a subject that is often discussed in psychology. It is not easy to define into a clear definition. Is it the ability to perform well on tests? Is it about many different things that may or may not be related to each other? Here are some theories that you may find interesting. Howard Gardener presented a theory of many different...

Language Acquisition

There are several theories on language acquisition. During our first years of life, the human brain develops rapidly. Many things take place as we learn to speak and understand language. In this article we will look at some of the most widely accepted theories in psycho-linguistics of how we learn languages.   The basics of this theory are...

Stages of Language Acquisition

Language is acquired in specific stages of development. However, there are multiple schools of thought on the subject: some theories are very general in their depiction of the stages, whilst others are more specific. Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist that was famous for his four stages of cognitive development for children. He was a huge...

Rational Emotive Therapy

Rational Emotive Therapy, sometimes called Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, is a form of therapeutic psychology that emerges from behaviorism. It attempts to use reason and rationality to recognize self-defeating cognitive processes, and learn to emote more appropriately. Effectively, the idea is that subconscious destructive behaviors are...

Cognitive Approach

The cognitive approach in psychology is a relatively modern approach to human behaviour that focuses on how we think. It assumes that our thought processes affect the way in which we behave. In contrast, other approaches take other factors into account, such as the biological approach, which acknowledges the influences of genetics and...

Psychology or 'Cold' Reading Explained

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

Theories of Learning

Learning is a process that combines emotion, perception, and environment. These factors are used to obtain, improve or change one's knowledge or ability to perform an action. That action may be mental or physical. Learning theories are basically a study of what occurs in the learning process. Learning theories attempt to explain how learning takes...

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a therapeutic approach in psychology that is intended to help individuals learn to cope with anxiety inducing or stressful situations by rationally addressing faulty cognition and the ways in which it leads to inappropriate and self-defeating behaviors. For those with some knowledge of the history of psychology, even the...


They may seem unlikely candidates for psychological analysis, but pigeons have given a revealing insight into how animals, including humans, can be bound by superstition...   In the Summer of 1947, renowned behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner published his study on a group of pigeons that showed even animals are susceptible to the human...

Study: Blinking Could Be Key to Magic Tricks

Whether it’s a “sleight of hand” card trick or an elaborate on-stage disappearing act, millions of us watch illusions wanting to believe in some form of magic. Yet, most of us will sit through a magician’s performance without noticing the trickery being enacted before our very eyes. A new study has found a possible psychological...

Maximizers vs Satisficers: Who Makes Better Decisions?

We are faced with increasing pressure to make prudent decisions about every aspect of our lives - from choosing the healthiest breakfast option, finding a school or university to attend, or partnering with the person who will make us the happiest. Make the correct choice and you can give yourself a pat on the back. But make a bad decision - or even the...

Brain Distinguishes 'Faked' Laughter From Authentic - Study

The human brain is able to automatically differentiate between authentic and artificial emotional outbursts, according to a recent laughter study. We each make many distinct types of laughter, from brief outbursts in response to a joke, to more prolonged, often uncontrollable, cachinnating. Some people laugh to disguise their nervousness, whilst others...

Trusting our Choices

Whenever you visit a restaurant, you would expect to see a menu to choose your meal from. If you watch a film at the cinema, you presume that you will have a choice of times to watch the movie at. In the supermarket, we are accustomed to generous selection of options - different brands of precisely the same product, different size products and varying...

Animal Communication

There are usually many differences between human and animal behavior. However, there are times when their behavior may mirror ours in many ways. This article explores the way that animal behavior relates to human psycholinguistics. Research with primates is still in its infancy, yet it is revealing much about the way they relate to each other and to...

Free Will vs Determinism

Are we able to make our own decisions freely, or are our actions predetermined by our genetics, our environment and how we have been conditioned to behave? This question of free will versus determinism is the subject of ongoing debate by psychologists, scientists, theologians and philosophers. On the one hand, our consciousness gives us the space to...



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