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The recipe to stop songs from getting stuck in our heads: Chew some gum!

In your head(29/04-2015) – Most of us know earworms: those annoying tunes that keep on re-playing in never ending loops in our heads. This can be terribly annoying (especially since these are not even songs we like).

Well, a team of scientists at the University of Reading, UK might have found the cure. They have published the result of their study in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (Taylor & Francis). The results of the research show the best way to block obsessive melodies is neither to read a good novel nor solve complex anagrams but, simply, to chew gum.

Earworms are experienced by over 99% of individuals (J. Kellaris) and they are often source of great stress for many.

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Stress Increases Empathic Abilities in Women and Undermines them in Men

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(19/03-2014) – A very simple problem could be undermining not only our health, but also our relationship with other people: Stress. 

A recent study carried out with the collaboration of Giorgia Silani from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste suggests that stressed males tend to become more self-centered and less able to distinguish their own emotions and intentions from those of other people. For women, it is the opposite. Stressed women become more “prosocial”, so to speak. Silani explains: “There’s a subtle boundary between the ability to identify with others and take on their perspective — and therefore, be empathetic — and the inability to distinguish between self and other, thus acting egocentrically.

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The Dark Side of The Entrepreneur

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(12/08-2013) – If your child has antisocial tendencies, tends to break rules and cheats at school he might be sociopath… or a rising entrepreneur, writes PsychCentral.

New research has found a childhood pattern of antisocial tendencies among entrepreneurs.

Researchers at the University of Stockholm and Friedrich Schiller University at Jena, Germany, found that as children, entrepreneurs had a higher tendency to break rules, including frequent disregard of parental orders, more frequent cheating at school and more use of drugs.

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No, the “magic” number is not 7

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Since 1956, since the work of George Miller, we have had this idea that the mind could cope with a maximum of seven chunks of information.

Well, according to newer research, it is not even that much. The new magic number is four, not seven, MNT writes.

According to psychological lore, when it comes to items of information the mind can cope with before confusion sets in, the “magic” number is seven.

But a new analysis by a leading Australian psychiatrist challenges this long-held view, suggesting the number might actually be four.

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Sadness Affects Your Finances

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(19/11-2012) – We know that emotions impact our decisions. But few of us imagine that our emotions actually affect our pocketbook, writes MNT.

New research from psychological scientist Jennifer Lerner of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and colleagues Yi Le and Elke U. Weber of Columbia University explores how impatience brought on by sadness can in turn produce substantial financial loss. The study is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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What if… Psychopaths Could Teach Us About Success?

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(22/10-2012) – When we think “psychopath”, we think “cold”, “cynical” or even “serial killer”. But did you know that many bosses are, in fact, psychopaths or have psychopathic tendencies?

According to USA Today, A new book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Successsuggests that we might have good things to learn from some traits of psychopaths.

“I wrote the book primarily to debunk deep-seated myths the public has about psychopaths — that they are all bad or mad,” says research psychologist Kevin Dutton, of Magdalen College in Oxford, England. “No sooner does the word ‘psychopath’ come out of our lips then images of (1970s-era serial killer) Ted Bundy and serial killer A-listers come to mind.”

But Dutton says that “when we talk about psychopaths, we’re actually talking about people who have a distinct set of personality characteristics — ruthlessness, fearlessness, mental toughness, charm, persuasiveness — and they lack a conscience and empathy.”

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