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Am I Normal? British Urology Journal Measures 15,000 Penises to Find the Average

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Penis size nomograms may be useful in clinical and therapeutic settings to counsel men and for academic research.

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Educating College Students on Drinking Risks Can Help Lessen Drinking Behaviors, but Only Temporarily, Study Finds

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Briefly counseling college students on the dangers of binge drinking is effective in lowering heavy drinking levels among many students, but only temporarily. Three out of four will be right back where they started a year later, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

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Psychology Has Important Role in Changing Cancer Landscape

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Psychology has played, and will continue to play, a critical role in cancer prevention, treatment and control, according to the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association.

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Communicating Emotions

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Visual cues play a much more important role in the understanding of the emotions being conveyed by music than they do in the understanding of speech.

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Brain Makes Decisions with Same Method Used to Break WW2 Enigma Code

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When making simple decisions, neurons in the brain apply the same statistical trick used by Alan Turing to help break Germany’s Enigma code during World War II, according to a new study in animals by researchers at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain and Behavior Institute.

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A Sense of Taste: Psychology Professor Examines the Taste System

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University of Virginia psychology professor David Hill operates one of the few labs in the world to study the development of taste.

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Basic Personality Changes Linked to Unemployment, Study Finds

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Unemployment can change peoples' core personalities, making some less conscientious, agreeable and open, which may make it difficult for them to find new jobs, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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Can Virtual Reality Help Treat Anxiety in Older People ?

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Up to 25% of people aged 65 and over experience varying degrees of anxiety. Although cognitive behavioural therapy is a preferred treatment approach, it has limitations as people age (decreased mobility and visualization skills). Could virtual reality be an effective therapy for anxiety in older people?

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F-Bombs Notwithstanding, All Languages Skew Toward Happiness

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Arabic movie subtitles, Korean tweets, Russian novels, Chinese websites, English lyrics, and even the war-torn pages of the New York Times—research from the University of Vermont, examining billions of words, shows that these sources—and all human language—skews toward the use of happy words. This Big Data study confirms the 1969 Pollyanna Hypothesis that there is a universal human tendency to “look on and talk about the bright side of life.”

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Pick a Card, Any Card

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A team of Canadian researchers has combined the art of magic and the science of psychology to demonstrate how certain contextual factors can sway the decisions people make, even though they may feel that they are choosing freely.