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Psychology

Evolution and Behavior: Fear, Aggression, and Overeating

July 18, 2019

When we look at our proclivity for violence, and at the obesity epidemic, it seems like humans are bringing about their own destruction. But evolution and behavior are closely intertwined, and these tendencies were once paradoxically linked to survival. Do they still serve us in the modern age, though? […]

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Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology and Fundamental Human Needs

July 18, 2019

Most of us are driven by five fundamental human characteristics, which include the desires for acceptance and security, as well as seemingly irrational fears. Discover how these fears and desires can be traced to our ancient ancestors. […]

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Psychology

How Evolutionary Psychology Informs Behavior

July 18, 2019

Evolutionary psychology helps us to better understand behavioral patterns by linking them to our early ancestors. We’ll trace the journey of evolutionary psychology in academia, beginning with Charles Darwin. We’ll then explore how this type of psychology fell out of fashion, but eventually re-emerged. […]

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Psychology

Analyzing Gender Differences in Psychology

April 30, 2019

Nine out of 10 prison inmates are men. What accounts for such startling gender differences in terms of psychology? Discover how cultural forces, society, and other factors converge, leading to such dramatic contrasts. […]

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Psychology

Self-Awareness and Psychology: Navigating Human Mysteries

April 29, 2019

Self-awareness as it relates to human psychology is key to understanding the mysteries of human behavior. Learn how this is a trait that defines us as humans, though you’ll also discover some surprising similarities between humans and primates when it comes to both self-awareness and culture. […]

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Psychology

A History of Placebos and Their Regulations

February 25, 2019

For over 50 years, doctors have used placebos to cause real effects through fake cures. Placebos include pills, acupuncture and surgeries just to name a few. How have things changed with review boards and lawyers being involved? […]

Psychology

What Makes Us Human—Identifying a Universal Set of Emotions

September 28, 2018

When it comes to asking how we measure emotions, the first question we should probably address is whether or not there’s a basic, universal set of emotions across cultures. If so, which ones are they? Paul Eckman, addressed exactly this question of whether or not there are universal emotions, and if so, which ones. He decided to focus on facial expressions, given that across all cultures all individuals have the same facial musculature. […]

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