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The Halloween Fear Factor: Film, Psychology and Philosophy Experts Available to Discuss Why People Enjoy the Thrill of Being Scared

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National Forgiveness Day on Oct. 25: Let Bygones Be Bygones for Your Emotional Health

Forgiving — and being forgiven — are good for your emotional health, research has shown, and Oct. 25, National Forgiveness Day, may be the time to let bygones be bygones and also to make amends.

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Immersed in Violence: How 3-D Gaming Affects Video Game Players

Playing violent video games in 3-D makes everything seem more real – and that may have troubling consequences for players, a new study reveals.

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Animal Therapy Reduces Anxiety, Loneliness Symptoms in College Students

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Animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Study Finds Fish Just Wanna Have Fun

Gordon Burghardt and his colleagues Vladimir Dinets, a psychology research assistant professor, and James Murphy of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., are the first to document play with objects in a cichlid fish species.

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Blinded by Non-Science: Trivial Scientific Information Increases Trust in Products

Beware of trivial graphs and formulas, warns new research from Cornell University. Published this week in Public Understanding of Science, the Cornell Food and Brand Lab study found trivial graphs or formulas accompanying medical information can lead consumers to believe products are more effective.

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Partisan Lenses: Beauty Lies in Your Political Affiliation

Have you ever noticed you find your candidate for political office more attractive than the opponent? New research from Cornell University shows you’re not the only one.

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Research Reveals Coping Challenges and Strategies for Families Experiencing Miscarriage

Oct. 15 has been designated as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. In comprehensive interviews with 20 couples who had recently experienced a miscarriage, two researchers explored how the couples handled the difficulties they faced when talking about their loss.

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Parents' Perception of Teens' Experiences Are Related to Mental Health

Adolescents whose parents better understand their daily experiences have better psychological adjustment, suggests a study in the October issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Uncertain Reward More Motivating Than Sure Thing, Study Finds

In "The Motivating-Uncertainty Effect: Uncertainty Increases Resource Investment in the Process of Reward Pursuit," Professors Ayelet Fishbach and Christopher K. Hsee of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Luxi Shen of the University of Hong Kong compared the time, money and effort that people put into wining a certain reward versus an uncertain reward, and found that the uncertain reward was more motivating.

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