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We all know what fear feels like, yet there is something almost perversely euphoric about having the living daylights scared right out of you. Whether by watching a nail-biting horror film or prowling through a haunted house on Halloween, there is something strangely addictive about the escapism of walking into the darkness of the unknown and the adrenaline of mastering one’s own deep-seated demons.... More>
October 15, 2011 is Global Handwashing Day--who knew!? A recent Current Directions in Psychological Science found that the bodily experience of washing can provide the basis of removing more abstract mental residues. Feeling guilty? Take a bubble bath.... More>
“Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain,” goes the song. Is there such a thing as soap and water for the psyche? Yes: Metaphor is that powerful, say Spike W.S. Lee and Norbert Schwarz of the University of Michigan in a literature review appearing in the latest issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science.... More>