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Can Gratitude Reduce Costly Impatience?

Emotions are often seen as a hindrance to avoiding our irrational impulses, but research suggests that one emotion — gratitude — may help us hold out for future rewards.


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New Research From Psychological Science

A sample of new research exploring distortions in feature binding after eye movements, facial movements that camouflage signals from face morphology, and positive affect and cognitive control.

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Uncovering a New Angle on Mental Distance

Why does the second hour of a journey seem shorter than the first? Research suggests that the answer lies in how we’re physically oriented in space.

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Thinking About a Majority-Minority Shift Leads to More Conservative Views

Facing the prospect of racial minority groups becoming the overall majority in the United States leads White Americans to lean more toward the conservative end of the political spectrum.

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Exploring the Genetics of “I’ll Do It Tomorrow”

Procrastination and impulsivity are genetically linked, suggesting that the two traits stem from similar evolutionary origins related to our ability to pursue and juggle goals.

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New Research From Clinical Psychological Science

A sample of new research exploring hormones and dysregulated eating, genetics and antisocial behavior, gene-environment interactions in neurocognitive development, and the role of shame across disorders.

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Blogs By Wray Herbert

wray-herbert_headshotWray Herbert has been writing about psychology and behavioral science for many years. He has been a staff writer and editor for Science News, Psychology Today, US News & World Report, and Newsweek. He is currently a contributor to Huffington Post and Scientific American Mind. His work has also appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Washington Post, and many other national publications.

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