Why do regrets over lost love often stop us being happy – and how can we move forward?

Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, but we shouldn't let it take over our lives.

Rafael Euba, Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry, King's College London • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~11 min

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7 research-based resolutions that will help strengthen your relationship in the year ahead

Psychology studies suggest a variety of ways you can strengthen your bond and increase your satisfaction with your partner.

Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Professor of Psychology, Monmouth University • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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How to help dogs and cats manage separation anxiety when their humans return to work

Alleviating separation anxiety is about changing the owner's behavior, too.

Lori M Teller, Clinical Associate Professor, Veterinary Telehealth, Texas A&M University • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Visual illusion that may help explain consciousness – new study

How we perceive what's going on in the periphery can reveal a lot about our conscious minds.

Bilge Sayim, Research Scientist in Psychology, Université de Lille • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Why living in the future, rather than the past, is key to coping with lockdowns – new research

Being nostalgic about the past can lead to a sense of loss in tough times.

Amelia Dennis, PhD Researcher in Psychology, University of Surrey • conversation
Dec. 11, 2020 ~6 min

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5 things worth knowing about empathy

Empathy is a skill that can be learned and enhanced. But it has its limits, and can even promote conflict. Here’s what some experts say about how it works.

Katherine Ellison • knowable
Dec. 8, 2020 ~13 min

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This DIY contact tracing app helps people exposed to COVID-19 remember who they met

With new US COVID-19 cases topping 200,000 a day, contact tracers are overwhelmed. Here's how infected people can start tracing and notifying contacts themselves.

Ian Jason Lee, Doctoral Student, Florida International University • conversation
Dec. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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New DIY contact tracing app expands the fight against COVID-19, using the science of memory

With new US COVID-19 cases topping 200,000 a day, contact tracers are overwhelmed. Here's how infected people can start tracing and notifying contacts themselves.

Ian Jason Lee, Doctoral Student, Florida International University • conversation
Dec. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Spotting liars is hard – but our new method is effective and ethical

It turns out liars and truth-tellers behave very differently when questioned.

Cody Porter, Senior Teaching Fellow in Psychology and Offending Behaviour, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~7 min

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How researchers are making do in the time of Covid

The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered labs and sidelined scientists all over the world. Here’s a look at how some of them have coped.

Anil Ananthaswamy • knowable
Dec. 2, 2020 ~21 min

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