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Moral Tales With Positive Outcomes Motivate Kids to Be Honest

Moral stories praising a character’s honesty are better at getting kids to tell the truth than stories emphasizing the negative repercussions of lying, according to new research.


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Sleep Deprivation May Increase Susceptibility to False Memories

Sleep-deprived people were more likely to "remember" having seen false details in photos they had viewed than were those who got a full night’s sleep, research shows.

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Knowledgeable Consumers Are More Likely to Buy When Given Fewer Options

The degree to which consumers perceive themselves to be knowledgeable about a product influences the likelihood that they will buy a particular product, researchers find.

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Preschoolers Can Reflect on What They Don’t Know

Contrary to previous assumptions, researchers find that preschoolers are able to gauge the strength of their memories and make decisions based on their self-assessments.

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Eye Movements May Reveal Difference Between Love and Lust

Where your date looks at you could indicate whether love or lust is in the cards, new eye-tracking research shows.

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Seeing the Glass as Half Full: Taking a New Look at Cognition and Aging

Three new articles show how several factors — including motivation and crystallized knowledge — can play important roles in supporting and maintaining cognitive function in the decades past middle age.

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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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