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  1. Popularity Gene Found?

    Dec. 22, 2008 -- Do you carry the popularity gene? Your genetic makeup can make you more likely to be liked, suggests behavioral geneticist S. Alexandra Burt, PhD, of Michigan State University. Your genes don't confer popularity. That's for others to decide. But Burt suggests that those carrying spe

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  2. Happiness Is Contagious

    Dec. 4, 2008 -- Could happiness be contagious? New research from Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Diego suggests that happiness is influenced not only by the people you know, but by the people they know. The study showed that happiness spreads through social networks, sor

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  3. Happy People Get the Big Picture

    Nov. 20, 2008 -- When you're in a bad mood and have your nose to the grindstone, all you see is the task at hand. But a good mood lets you see how the task fits into the bigger picture. This isn't a motivational motto, it's the finding from five psychology experiments by marketing researchers Aparna

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  4. Warm Hands, Warm Heart?

    Oct. 23, 2008 -- You're probably familiar with the expression, "cold hands, warm heart." Now there's science to show the opposite is true. Lawrence Williams, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and John A. Bargh, PhD, professor of psychology at Yale University, conduct

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  5. The Psychology of Political Ads

    Oct. 22, 2008 -- What do political campaigns and M&M's have in common? Quite a bit, when it comes to advertising. The first televised presidential ads were run by Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. The ads were created by Rosser Reeves, the same adman who touted candy-coated chocolates that "melt in your mo

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  6. Music Can Boost Your Mood

    Oct. 17, 2008 -- Whether we are listening to classical music in the car, country on the computer, or pop piped into the grocery store, music is prevalent in our lives -- and that music seems to correlate with mostly positive emotions. In a new study, 32 college students (aged 20 to 31) in Sweden tra

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  7. How the Weather Affects Our Moods

    Oct. 16, 2008 -- Rainy days always get you down? Researchers in Germany sought to find out whether day-to-day weather affects people's moods. Researchers branched out beyond just sunny and cloudy and looked at temperature, wind, sunlight, rain and snow, air pressure, and how long the days were. The

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  8. Your 9-Point Health Bailout Package

    Oct. 9, 2008 -- Plunging markets. Shaky mortgages. Pricey bailouts. The financial crisis is taking a toll on your wallet, but your health could also be on the line. Chronic stress can take a toll on your body; it's linked to everything from depression to heart disease. And the global economic tailsp

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  9. As Economy Worsens, so Does Stress

    Oct. 8, 2008 -- As the economy worsens, Americans' stress level is on the rise. Eighty percent of Americans said in a September survey that the economy is a significant source of stress, up from 66% in April. The top stressors for Americans: money (81%), the economy (80%), work (67%), and health pro

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  10. Body Language in the Vice Presidential Debate

    Oct. 3, 2008 -- When nominees Sarah Palin and Joe Biden faced off in the only vice presidential debate, voters had a crucial question on their minds: Can I picture this person "a heartbeat away?" The answer may depend as much on body language and speech patterns as on what the candidates said. WebMD

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