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…

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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