The best explanation for the improvement in skills over time was the so-called ‘mutualism’ model. This model proposes that cognitive abilities help each other during development: In other words, better reasoning skills allow individuals to improve their vocabulary more quickly, and better vocabularies are associated with faster improvement in reasoning ability. Credit: © pathdoc /

Train. Credit: © Denis Tabler / Fotolia If you could save the lives of five people by pushing another bystander in front of a train to his death, would you do it? And should it make any difference if that choice is presented in a language you speak, but isn’t your native tongue? Psychologists at

Painted turtle eggs were brought from a hatchery in Louisiana, candled to ensure embryo viability and then incubated at male-permissive temperatures in a bed of vermiculite. Those exposed to BPA developed deformities to testes that held female characteristics. Credit: Roger Meissen, MU Bond Life Sciences Center Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used

This image shows from left to right the reward smile, affiliative smile and dominance smile. Credit: Courtesy of Paula Niedenthal The smile may be the most common and flexible expression, used to reveal some emotions, cover others and manage social interactions that have kept communities secure and organized for millennia. But how do we tell

If people want to focus more on their time and less on money in their lives, they could take some actions to help shift their perspective, such as working slightly fewer hours, paying someone to do disliked chores like cleaning the house, or volunteering with a charity. Credit: © James Thew / Fotolia Valuing your

People who spent money on time saving purchases reported greater life satisfaction. Credit: © JackF / Fotolia New research is challenging the age-old adage that money can’t buy happiness. The study, led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School, suggests that using money to buy free time — such as

This new King’s study is the first to find substantial genetic influence on children’s social mobility, which could have important implications for reducing educational inequality. Credit: © michaeljung / Fotolia A new King’s College London study suggests that genes account for nearly 50 per cent of the differences between whether children are socially mobile or

While under hypnosis, the test participants had to react on various symbols. In order to observe brain activity, the participants were linked up to an EEG. In this way, the psychologists were able to find out how hypnosis influences specific regions of the brain while it receives a visual stimulus. Credit: Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU “In our

Scolding does not necessarily cause a change of behaviour as researchers at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Würzburg have found. Credit: © Antonioguillem / Fotolia Parents scold their children to correct their behaviour, hoping that their offspring will discontinue their misbehaviour as a result. What’s paradoxical about this kind of punishment is

A UCLA study has identified changes in brain regions that may hold a key to why some people prefer order and organization and others do not. Credit: Patricia Marroquin/UCLA Why do some people prefer stable, predictable lives while others prefer frequent changes? Why do some people make rational decisions and others, impulsive and reckless ones?

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