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Parenting after the death of a child a difficult balancing act:...

TORONTO, February 16, 2011 − One of the tough challenges a parent faces when a child dies is to learn how to parent the surviving children, and the task begins immediately, according to York University psychology professor Stephen Fleming. ...

Brief diversions vastly improve focus, researchers find

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A new study in the journal Cognition overturns a decades-old theory about the nature of attention and demonstrates that even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one's ability to focus on that task for prolo...

Queen’s study debunks myth about popular optical illusion

A psychology professor has found that the way people perceive the Silhouette Illusion, a popular illusion that went viral and has received substantial online attention, has little to do with the viewers' personality, or whether they are left- or rig...

Why do people behave badly? Maybe it’s just too easy

TORONTO, ON -- Many people say they wouldn't cheat on a test, lie on a job application or refuse to help a person in need. But what if the test answers fell into your lap and cheating didn't require any work on your part? If you didn't have to f...

Parents should talk about math early and often with their children

The amount of time parents spend talking about numbers has a much bigger impact on how young children learn mathematics than was previously known, researchers at the University of Chicago have found. For example, children whose parents ta...

Stanford study shows getting older leads to emotional stability, happiness

It's a prediction often met with worry: In 20 years, there will be more Americans over 60 than under 15. Some fear that will mean an aging society with an increasing number of decrepit, impaired people and fewer youngsters to care for them while als...

Autistic children are not good at covering up their lies: Queen’s...

Children with autism will tell white lies to protect other people's feelings and they are not very good at covering up their lies, according to a Queen's University study. The study, conducted by psychology professor Beth Kelley and developmental p...

A single interaction affects the way a child seeks information, Queen’s...

Seven-year-old children only need to interact with a person once to learn who to trust and seek information from, according to a study by Queen's University researchers. "It shows that kids really pay attention to people's accuracy and they don't f...

Men Tend to Overestimate the Number of Sexual Partners They've Had

A University of Alberta professor of psychology has learned men tend to overestimate the number of sexual partners they've had, and he's come up with some interesting theories to explain why they do this. Psychology professor Dr. Norman Brown said while some people might conclude this happens because "men are pigs," there is in fact, important information to be gathered from his survey of approximately 1,100 Albertans, who were asked to recall how many sexual partners they had had during their lives.

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