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The health benefits of hugging

February 3, 2016, U.S. News & World Report
Besides helping you feel close and connected to people you care about, it turns out that hugs can bring a host of health benefits to your body and mind.

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End prejudice by watching a sitcom

February 2, 2016, CNN
Science has shown that exposure to certain programs can make a huge impression, especially if you've had limited exposure to a particular group in the past.

The science of getting kids organized

February 2, 2016, NPR
Research shows there is a connection between executive function skills and academic success, but the studies did not show that working on those skills leads to achievement.

The psychology of fresh starts

February 1, 2016, U.S. News & World Report
Research suggests those who adopt intrinsic as opposed to external motivators better maintain and adhere to goals.

Moderate drinkers less depressed than teetotalers

January 29, 2016, Fox News
Poll found that moderate drinkers were slightly more likely than both nondrinkers and heavy drinkers to report experiencing positive emotions on any given day, and slightly less likely to report experiencing negative emotions.

Can your brain reveal you are a liar?

January 25, 2016, BBC News
Psychologists are interested in how the human brain controls the memories stored from participating in criminal acts, and the extent to which they can be hidden.

The surprising psychology of shoppers and return policies

January 22, 2016, The Washington Post
Researchers investigate how return policies affect shopper behavior and, in turn, whether lenient policies such as offering a lengthy period for returns actually helps or hurts a retailer’s business.

Sexual trauma raises suicide risk among veterans

January 21, 2016, Fox News
Men and women veterans who experienced sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment while serving in the military are at heightened risk of suicide, according to a recent U.S. study.