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Does the US Tennis Open, and Rory Mcllroy, prove marriage ruins male competitiveness?

(0) Comments | Posted 8 September 2014 | (13:55)

The US Open Tennis final is contested by a set of new young tennis players, who appear to be finally unseating the 'old guard', including Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. This is how a series of remarkable upsets at the very top of the game, is being portrayed in the...

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Psychologists Find Your Sense of Humour Predicts Depression

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2014 | (19:20)

Victoria Ando, from St Hugh's College, University of Oxford has recently published a study entitled 'Psychotic traits in comedians', which uncovers a link between the manic side of bipolar disorder, and comic performance.

Published in January 2014, the research argues for links between mania and comedy through very high mood...

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Psychologists Uncover It's the Referees, Not the Players, Who Might Secure Soccer World Cup Victory

(2) Comments | Posted 17 June 2014 | (00:00)

The referee's award, in the opening match, of a controversial penalty to host nation Brazil, can be explained by psychology. The same psychological processes could also determine the outcome of the tournament, new research reveals.

With just 20 minutes left, and the match apparently drawn, Japan's Yuichi...

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Why Sacking David Moyes May Not Break Manchester United's Losing Streak

(1) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (00:00)

A scientific study of the impact changing football managers has on team performance suggests that Manchester United may not benefit as much as is currently expected, by changing their current manager.

The study, published in the British Journal of Management, examined UK football team performance over 12...

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On Valentine's Day - How to Tell If Someone Really Fancies You

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2014 | (23:00)

Are you a 'romantic paranoiac'? Defined in Alain De Botton's 2006 book Essays in Love, as a tendency to misread sexual interest in the body language and conversation of others. Men, much more than women, see sexual intent in the opposite gender's friendly gestures.

Working out who really fancies us...

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Manchester United and the Psychology of a Losing Streak

(1) Comments | Posted 10 January 2014 | (23:00)

With a recent League Cup defeat, Manchester United have lost three games in a row, for the first time since 2001, accomplishing this by identical 2-1 losses.

There is a psychological theory explaining losing and winning streaks in sports, which might account for why losing streaks in sports can...

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Could the Mayor of Toronto Learn From the Latest Psychology of How to Deliver the Perfect Excuse?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2013 | (08:26)

The Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, recently reportedly explained his taking of crack cocaine, as down to being in a 'drunken stupor'.

Following the release of a video portraying an agitated Mr Ford vowing to rip out someone's throat, poke out his eyes and ensure his victim is dead during...

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Has the Two Minute Silence on Remembrance Day Lost Its Original Meaning?

(1) Comments | Posted 11 November 2013 | (05:12)

The famous two minute silence of Remembrance Sunday is a moving tribute to those who lost their lives defending this country in military conflict.

The silence allows for private reflection, and yet also creates an exceptional sense of solidarity. Boundaries of age, sex, class, and religion, are set aside...

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Who's on Top? The Personality of Women Who Commit Infidelity Is Different

(1) Comments | Posted 4 November 2013 | (09:32)

The allegations at the 'phone-hacking' trial that two editors of national newspapers conducted a secret affair for six years, coincides with the publication of new psychological research, suggesting links between ambition, success and infidelity.

John Prescott's affair with Tracey Temple, his diary secretary, Robin Cook's infidelity, Kimberly Quinn's affair with...

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Can Psychologists Predict Whether Just-Christened George Is Heading for a Happy or a Meaningful Life?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (18:18)

Parents, friends, relatives and God Parents gather for a christening - which like a wedding and other religious rituals is associated not just with happiness, but also imbued with meaning.

But are a happy life and a meaningful life the same thing? Can pursuing one lead to...

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Does 'Pure Evil' Exist? Psychologists Investigate the Devils (and Angels) Amongst Us

(29) Comments | Posted 22 October 2013 | (00:00)

Are these examples of pure evil? Anders Breivik bombed buildings in 2011 killing eight people, then shot 69 others, mostly teenagers. He showed no remorse and took pride in his actions. In May 2013, three women and one six-year-old girl were rescued from kidnapper, Ariel Castro, having been held in...

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Psychological Research Suggests More Deep Flaws in Latest Search Strategy for Madeleine McCann?

(114) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (00:00)

The Metropolitan Police have issued two new 'e-fit' images of a man wanted for questioning over the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann.

Release of the new images coincides with the broadcast of a new televised reconstruction of events on 3 May 2007. Investigators now claim the timeline and "accepted version...

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Could The Daily Mail Be Right - Do We Inherit Our Parents' Politics?

(60) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (00:00)

The row between the Daily Mail newspaper and Ed Miliband continues to escalate.

The Daily Mail thesis appears to include that the beliefs of Ralph Miliband, an eminent Marxist academic, who died in 1994, might have prejudiced the politics of sons Ed and David Miliband.

Ed Miliband has responded:...

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Psychologists Find the Colour Red Holds the Secret to Attraction

(8) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (00:00)

New psychological research suggests a significant sex effect for the colour red. This colour might be unique in rendering young women more sexually attractive to men.

The latest study, conducted by two psychologists, Sascha Schwarz and Marie Singer from the Technische Universität Dortmund, and the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany,...

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Is Andy Murray's Personality Part of the Game?

(2) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (11:05)

Whenever Andy Murray wins, he is characterised by the London media, as a battling Brit, but whenever he loses, he is portrayed as a sour, aloof, remote, grumpy, ill-tempered Scot.

But for all the media criticism of his personality, is it possible that his legendary reserve has in fact been...

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As One of the Killers of James Bulger Is to Be Released, Could a Similar Tragedy Happen Again?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 July 2013 | (11:13)

It is widely reported that Jon Venables, one of the two perpetrators originally found guilty for the killing of James Bulger, could be about to be released from prison. Venables had previously been paroled, but was returned to jail for accessing child pornography.

James's mother Denise Fergus tweeted in response:...

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Psychologists Suggest Deep Flaws in Latest Search Strategy for Madeleine McCann

(5) Comments | Posted 21 May 2013 | (00:00)

The recent discovery of three women in Cleveland, Ohio, who had been abducted for such an extended period, has rekindled hopes that others long-missing could still be found. The search for Madeleine McCann appears to have been re-invigorated, coinciding with the recent publication of an 'age-progressed' photograph.

But new data...

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How to Sell Fake Bomb Detectors - Psychology Explains How James McCormick Succeeded for So Long?

(3) Comments | Posted 3 May 2013 | (13:24)

James McCormick has been convicted of three counts of fraud after selling fake bomb detectors and jailed for ten years - the judge declaring the multi-millionaire businessman had blood on hands.

The 'Advanced Detection Equipment' was based on a golf ball finder device and sold for up to £27,000 in...

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Does Anyone Still Believe in Hard Work? New Research Reveals Whether the Work Ethic Exists

(8) Comments | Posted 30 April 2013 | (00:00)

Working hard is intrinsically a good and moral thing to do - the so-called 'Work Ethic' - does this really exist? Is the work ethic even regarded as a good thing any more? 'Work-life balance' is all the vogue, so perhaps the 'work ethic' destroys family life and over all...

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Research Reveals Margaret Thatcher's Cunning Use of Psychology - Was This the Key to Her Success?

(7) Comments | Posted 16 April 2013 | (00:00)

Margaret Thatcher's electoral success could be linked to her superior performance before TV cameras, compared to her main adversaries of the era.

Psychologists Peter Bull and Kate Mayer from the University of York analysed in unparalleled depth Thatcher's performances in the main TV interviews of the day.

Their...

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