UNSW Psychology

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"Nudging" is based on the idea we can push people gently towards doing what’s best for their health. But what is best? Carissa Bonner and Ben Newell discuss the options.

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The unrelenting pursuit of happiness may be self-defeating. Joseph Paul Forgas argues we've much to gain from being sad and mad now and again.

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The idea that we can achieve happiness by maximising pleasure and minimising pain is both intuitive and popular, but untrue, writes Brock Bastian.

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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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Spending time on Facebook increases some young women’s concerns about their face, hair and skin, but it doesn’t necessarily affect how they feel about their body, write Jasmine Fardouly and Zali Yager.

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Why is it that we lose the information we have learnt? Is it still there but inaccessible, or is it gone forever, asks Amy Reichelt.

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Feeling queasy? How about deceitful? New research shows feelings of disgust can encourage unethical, self-interested behaviours, writes Lisa A Williams.

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Overweight people experience much more stigma in their daily lives than previously realised, with parents, friends and partners a common source of negative comments, research shows.

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Darkness can bring out the worst in us, and the nighttime announcement of a US grand jury decision could have exacerbated the ensuing social unrest, writes Lisa Williams.

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Just like crossing the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, the path to good decision-making needs to be followed one careful step at a time, writes Ben Newell.

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