Love that turns to hate can be a protective response

When love turns to hatefully ever after

The puzzling ability of people to switch from intense love to deep hatred has prompted fascinating research


Sadness has a positive purpose in that it helps us to adapt

Why bad moods are good for you: the surprising benefits of sadness

The range of human emotions includes many more negative than positive feelings for good reason


Positive psychology  has a focus on personal strengths

What is positive psychology?

You don't need to wait: Better wellbeing can be as simple as exploiting your strengths and available resources

Published in: Health

What is positive psychology?

By Peggy Kern, Senior Lecturer in Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne
Originally published by The Conversation on May 22 2017.

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The success of fidget spinners  reflects the human desire to ensure just the right amount of stimulation in the environment

Fidget toys aren’t just hype

Psychological research shows how people adjust their environment to ensure they have just the right level of stimulation.


Fidget toys aren’t just hype

By Katherine Isbister, Professor of Computational Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
Originally published by The Conversation on May 18 2017.

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Why urban legends are more powerful than ever

Viral hoaxes are a way for us to make sense of the turbulent world and manage threat in a safe environment


Online warning increasingly alert users to potentially disturbing content

A short history of trigger warnings

Do people need psychological protection from material that might evoke strong emotions?

Published in: Society

A short history of trigger warnings

By Nick Haslam, Professor of Psychology, University of Melbourne
Originally published by The Conversation on May 9 2017.

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Poor body image and genetic factors combine in many cases of eating disorders

Therapy for eating disorders works. Why can’t people access it?

This life-threatening mental illness costs $69 billion a year and effects one in 10 Australians


The one sure way to know a child is lyingvideo

Lying is normal. Being able to detect a child's untruths is exceptional


The one sure way to know a child is lying

Presented by Kang Lee, developmental researcher
Originally published by TED.

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Supermarket shopping

How our brain responds to junk food packaging

Marketing messages hijack the same brain processes as drug and alcohol addiction