Category Archives for "Social Psychology"

New Study Reveals Colour that Increases Women’s Attractiveness

The study of colour within psychology is nothing new, colour has been found to have effects ranging from calming to exciting people. But new research aimed to examine if the colour red would increase initial attractiveness of female faces: the primary question of whether face attractiveness moderates the impact of red on men’s ratings of female […]

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4 Lessons About Trust

Trust is an important part of life, as Shakespeare wrote in one of his plays “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none”. But as such an important aspect of life that maintains relationships, groups and societies what do we really know about trust. New research aimed to provide a review of 4 elements of trust that […]

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The Loneliness Trap

Despite increasing recognition and acceptance of mental health issues, Western cultures remain obsessed with the pursuit of happiness. Negative emotions such as depression and anxiety can still leave people marginalised. Previous research has shown that social expectations to feel and act in a positive manner can actually increase feelings of sadness and reduce well-being. New research […]

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How Dogs are Helping Children with ADHD

Dog owners around the world love to profess the benefits of having a dog, from increased exercise, increased resistance to allergies to helping to teach their children responsibility. And while some of these claims are backed up by scientific research, more specific uses for dogs are less researched. But researchers from the University of California aimed to examine […]

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Can You Forgive?

As famously stated by Gandhi “the weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” But what attributes or conditions are required to forgive? Research recently published in the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology aimed to examine how happiness correlates with forgiveness. We attempt to investigate whether people with different happiness levels and different […]

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