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    Melanie Tannenbaum Melanie Tannenbaum is a doctoral candidate in social psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received an M.A. in social psychology in 2011. Her research focuses on the science of persuasion & motivation regarding political, health-related, and environmental behavior. You can add her on Twitter or visit her personal webpage. Follow on Twitter @melanietbaum.
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    One of the most important ways that we learn how to interact with the world around us is through observational learning. By watching how our friends and family members behave, we learn at a very young age how to do things like turn on a lightbulb, open a door, or play with a doll, without [...]

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    Fear and Love on a Shaky Bridge


    “Imagine being in the jungle, thousands of miles from civilization…” Thus opened the promo two years ago for Love In The Wild, the “extreme dating experiment” on NBC that sent its contestants on first dates that were jam packed with shaky bridges, crocodile attacks, and bungee jumping. Either NBC replaced their writing staff with former academics, [...]

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    Sex and the Married Neurotic


    There are few things in this world that I truly loathe. One of those things is the show Everybody Loves Raymond. Why, you might ask? First of all, it’s actually quite hard to really ‘love’ Raymond. From what I’ve seen of the show (which is admittedly not much), he seems to care about three things: golf, [...]

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    Love, hate…what’s the difference?


    In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to take a quick look at one of the most fundamental human emotions — hate. Wait, that doesn’t seem right. Hate? On Valentine’s Day? Isn’t V-Day supposed to be about love, Hallmark, and all of those positive, mushy feelings? Well, sure. Of course Valentine’s Day is supposed to [...]

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    What are failed resolutions costing you, and how can you fight back?

    Pink Piggy Bank On Top Of A Pile Of One Dollar Bills

    Today’s guest post is written by David Maxfield, the three-time New York Times bestselling author of Influencer, Change Anything, and Crucial Accountability. For more than 30 years, he has served as an expert in change management, interpersonal communication and corporate training. He is an acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant and vice president of research at VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate [...]

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    Practical Tips for your 2014 Goals


    It’s the 3rd day of 2014. Have you gotten started on your resolutions yet? We’ve already discussed how to set good resolutions, and why telling Facebook about them might not be wise (unless you are thinking of this act in a very specific kind of way). But what about the actual process of trying to [...]

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    Should you tell Facebook about your resolutions?


    Now that you’ve set your difficult, specific, and attainable resolutions for 2014, should you tell people about your plans? Before you update your Facebook status proclaiming your intention to lose 15 pounds, run a marathon, or publish 20 papers, you should think about your reasons for broadcasting your plans to the world. If you’re thinking [...]

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    Set SMART resolutions in 2014!


    As we approach the beginning of a new year, many people will be heading into 2014 with a long list of resolutions that they intend to tackle. Yet even though we all believe that our own goals are particularly important and meaningful, some of these resolutions will be better than others. In fact, psychological research [...]

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    The Psychology of Giving Thanks


    As we all sit down tonight to feast on turkey and pumpkin pie, many of us will be going around the table giving thanks for our everyday sources of gratitude, like friendships, relationships, and good health. Luckily, there are actually plenty of reasons why Thanksgiving itself can help maintain and improve those very things for [...]

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    Knowledge, Knowledge Everywhere: Do Social Networks Spread or Drown Health & Science News?


    We live in an age of constant data. Between television, the Internet, and  our “real-life” social circles, society has never before had as much access to health and science news as we now enjoy — and it has never been so easy for anyone to access an entire encyclopedia of information about any health or [...]

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