Does planning interfere with achieving your goals?

It seems really simple: If you want to achieve something, set a goal and then make specific plans to implement it.

How the brain creates the ‘buzz’ that helps ideas spread

How do ideas spread? What messages will go viral on social media, and can this be predicted?

Understanding & integrating different learning styles

Educators have tried to boost learning by focusing on differences in learning styles. Management consultants tout the impact that different...

Happiness, comparatively speaking: How we think about life’s rewards

You win some, you lose some. Such are life’s ups and downs.

Complicated decision? Let your unconscious handle it

When faced with a difficult decision, we try to come up with the best choice by carefully considering all of the options, maybe even resorting to lists and lots of sleepless nights.

Is happiness having what you want, wanting what you have – or both?

Some argue that happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.

How to prime yourself for more ‘Aha!’ moments

Why do “Aha!” moments sometimes come easily – and sometimes not at all?

It’s all in the name: Predicting popularity through science

Styles change and fashions evolve. But why do some things become more popular than others?

How your brain structure corresponds to personality

Psychological scientists have found that the size of different parts of people’s brains correspond to their personalities; for example, conscientious people tend to have a bigger lateral prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain involved in planning and controlling behavior.

Go with your gut: Intuition is more than just a hunch

Most of us experience ‘gut feelings’ we can’t explain, such as instantly loving — or hating — a new property when we’re house-hunting or the snap judgments we make on meeting new people.

15 minutes of fame? Study finds true fame isn’t fleeting

Contrary to popular belief, the people who become truly famous, stay famous for decades.

Anyone can learn to be more inventive

But after studying common roadblocks to problem-solving, a cognitive psychology researcher has developed a toolkit for enhancing anyone’s skills.

Comments & traffic statistics help empower bloggers

Whether bloggers are writing to change the world, or just discussing a bad break-up, they may get an extra boost of motivation from traffic-measuring and interactive tools that help them feel more connected to and more influential in their communities.

Dreams can overpower conscious thoughts

When dreaming is believing: Dreams affect people’s judgment, behavior

How some people always find a way to win

Whether it’s sports, poker or the high-stakes world of business, there are those who always find a way to win when there’s money on the table.

A few peeks at how nonconformists achieve success

Iconoclasts are individuals who do things that others say can’t be done.

Can a full bladder lead to better decisions?

What should you do when you really, REALLY have to go? Make important life decisions, maybe?

One gene’s link to optimism and self-esteem

Scientists have identified for the first time a particular gene’s link to optimism, self-esteem and “mastery,” the belief that one has control over one’s own life — three critical psychological resources for coping well with stress and depression.

Got a goal? A helpful partner isn’t always helpful

You might think that a loving partner helps keep you on track — say, when you want to stick to your jogging or concentrate on your studies.

Surprising connections between sleep & gratitude

We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is good for our general health and well-being. But new research is highlighting a more surprising benefit of good sleep: more feelings of gratitude for relationships.