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Psychology

When size matters

It’s generally thought that women are inferior to men when it comes to spatial awareness. But only one psychological test has shown this. And new research casts doubt on its merits.

We become more motivated when we think we're playing a game

New research shows that we tend to get more captivated when we think we're playing a game -- even if it isn't interactive.

All boys are not poor school achievers, and all girls are not smart pupils

According to a new doctoral thesis, the answer to why pupils perform differently in school is not found by looking at girls and boys as separate groups.

Stories from the unemployed

Some unemployed people alternate between complaining about their situations and claiming that they choose not to work.

How hoteliers handle emotions and stress

Experienced hotel managers maintain a positive attitude while switching among various ways of controlling their emotions, tackling stress and covering their employees’ needs.

Insecure people find it hard to hold jobs

Insecure and frightened people often end up on the dole – living on disability pensions. Dishonest and manipulative people retain their jobs, according to a new Norwegian study.

Mindfulness as useful as therapy to treat depression

The quickest road out of depression might be to simply be aware of how you feel, without trying to change those feelings.

Power alone does not make people pursue pleasure and reward

It is only when their desires are triggered that powerful people are willing to go one step further to fulfil their dreams.

Happiness is not simply satisfaction

A psychology professor thinks our struggles and commitments – our engagement – make us happier with our lives.

Jailhouse rock gives convicts feeling of freedom

“The music becomes a way of dealing with jail existence. But it can also help in managing a life outside,” says a researcher who has studied the effect of rocking behind bars.