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  1. Darkness Spurs Dishonesty

    Feb. 19, 2010 -- Dim lighting encourages dishonest and unethical behavior, a new study finds. In three different experiments, researchers found that people behaved more selfishly and dishonestly when working in a dimly lit room or when wearing sunglasses. "Our results suggest that darkness, even exp

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  2. Facebook Reflects the Real You

    Feb. 18, 2010 -- The image you present to the world on Facebook is likely to reflect the real you. This finding is from a study by psychologists who sought to learn whether people fake it on Facebook and similar social networks, leaving “friends” with misleading impressions. It turns out that people

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  3. No Joke: Laughter Is Universal

    Jan. 25, 2010 -- Laugh and the world laughs with you, literally. A new study suggests laughter is part of a universal language of basic emotions that all humans share. Researchers found that people from the UK and a remote African tribe were able to recognize basic emotions such as amusement, anger,

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  4. Southern States Are the Happiest

    Dec. 17, 2009 -- There may be something to be said for southern hospitality and sunshine. A new study shows that Southern states are the happiest while coastal rivals New York and California are at the bottom of the list. Researchers ranked the happiest states (plus the District of Columbia) on self

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  5. Loneliness Can Be Contagious

    Dec. 1, 2009 -- Loneliness can spread like a contagious disease, new research indicates. Lonely people tend to share their loneliness with others, and their feelings of isolation and despair rub off on friends, neighbors, spouses, and even acquaintances, researchers report in the December issue of t

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  6. Dark Chocolate Takes Bite Out of Stress

    Nov. 13, 2009 -- Those stress-induced chocolate cravings may be justified after all. A new study shows that eating dark chocolate may lower levels of stress hormones in people feeling stressed out. Researchers found that eating the equivalent of one average-sized dark chocolate candy bar (1.4 ounces

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  7. Diet Moodiness: Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb

    Nov. 9, 2009 -- If you're looking to lose extra pounds and weighing the options of a low-fat diet vs. a low-carbohydrate diet, you might want to consider the moody findings of a new diet study. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, shows a short-term improvement in the moods of

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  8. First Impressions Surprisingly Accurate

    Nov. 6, 2009 -- How many times did your mother tell you: Don’t judge a book by its cover? All our lives, we’ve been admonished not to jump to conclusions when we meet people. However, a new study shows that those early conclusions are surprisingly accurate. More than 100 undergraduate students at th

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  9. Won't Take That Lying Down? Here's Why

    Aug. 26, 2009 -- A person's body position may affect how the brain responds to insults, a study shows. Texas A&M University researchers studied the brain activity of 23 male and 23 female university students. They wired them with a stretch cap full of electronic sensors and then subjected them to cr

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  10. Good Jokes Cure Bad Moods

    Aug. 20, 2009 -- After a rough day at the office or a nasty interchange with a rude store clerk, a great joke can often quickly lift us out of a bad mood. Now, Dutch researchers think they've verified why this is so and how a joke helps us -- most of the time - laugh it off and turn our negative moo

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