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Shared Pain Brings People Together

Despite its unpleasantness, pain may actually have positive social consequences, acting as a sort of “social glue” that fosters cohesion and solidarity within groups.


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New Research From Clinical Psychological Science

A sample of new research exploring selective attention and anxiety, complex PTSD in the ICD-11, patterns in attentional bias, and psychological health among patients seeking aesthetic surgery.

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Toddlers Copy Their Peers to Fit In, but Apes Don’t

From the playground to the board room, people often follow others' behavior to fit in. Children show behavioral conformity early, but apes seem to stick with what they know.

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Even Depressed People Believe that Life Gets Better

Even depressed adults seem to share the typical belief that the future will be brighter, but this optimism may not lead to better outcomes, researchers find.

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Brain Activity Provides Evidence for Internal “Calorie Counter”

While you’re thinking about whether a food is tasty or nutritious, an internal calorie counter is evaluating the food based on its caloric density, results from a neuroimaging study show.

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New Research From Psychological Science

A sample of new research exploring the social network complexity and neural response to social information, multisensory integration outside awareness, and perception of consonants among infants.

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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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