School of Psychology

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Dr Georgie Fleming recommends five “pandemic parenting” strategies – including how to best use special play, praise, rewards, consequences and self-care.

Decision-making at the supermarket

Learned connections between stimuli and reward – like the positive emotions associated with popular brands – have a powerful influence over our future decisions. Scientists have started to discover why.

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Being in love. It can take the shape of a long-term intimate partnership, or become an obsessive source of emotional excitement and distraction. When does being in love become similar to addiction, and can you be addicted to it?

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Even those who don't question human-induced climate change can fall on the spectrum of climate denialism if they are all talk and no action, a UNSW psychology researcher argues.

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People with superior facial recognition abilities are being recruited for surveillance and security roles while the science behind the phenomenon is having to play catch-up.

Why sporting culture is important to well-being

Being part of a sporting club is not just about the time spent on the field each week. A sense of belonging is just as important for members.

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Disturbing imagery disrupts perception, but not as much among violent video game players, UNSW Sydney psychologists have shown.

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UNSW researchers have identified new brain pathways linked to addiction and shown that by manipulating them, drug seeking behaviour and motivation for alcohol can be reduced.

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Looking for cheap therapy? Lisa A Williams and Owen Churches discuss new research that finds watching cat videos boosts energy levels and increases feelings of happiness.

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Take care lovers, wherever you are, as Valentine’s Day can be a day of broken hearts and broken wallets, writes Lisa Williams.

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