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Psychology News in 2011

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Study Says Whining Outranks Other Auditory Annoyances

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June 29, 2011 ? A study published in the Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology found that whining outranked other sounds as the most distracting. The authors suggest that there is likely an evolutionary purpose for this. Since whining is so distracting and annoy, adults are more likely to respond to such sounds. This ensures that parents or caregivers attend to the needs of their children.

Putting Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to the Test

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July 5, 2011 ? Maslow's hierarchy of needs is one of the best-known motivational theories, but until recently there was actually very little research to support it. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Illinois found that the needs found on the hierarchy appear to be universal throughout the world, but that the order in which these needs are met had little or no effect on people's happiness.

The Stanford Prison Experiment: 40 Years Later

July 12, 2011 ? This summer marked the 40th anniversary of Philip Zimbardo's famous Standford Prison Experiment. The study involved 24 participants who took on the roles of guards and prisoners in a mock jail set up in the basement of the psychology department at Stanford University. The experiment had to be discontinued after just six days when the guards became abusive and the prisoners became depressed and anxious.

July Was Social Wellness Month!

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July 14, 2011 ? This past July we celebrated Social Wellness Month by taking a closer look at some of the important components of social well-being. These include such things as healthy social relationships, self-respect and a strong social support system. We also looked at some different ways to improve your social wellness, including forming new friendships, developing your nonverbal communication skills and being kind to others.

October Was Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month

October 24, 2011 ? We celebrated Emotional Intelligence Awareness month this past October by taking a closer look at emotional intelligence. Understanding your own emotions and being able to perceive other people's emotions are two important component of emotional intelligence.

Freud, Jung and Spielrein are the Focus of 'A Dangerous Method'

November 21, 2011 ? It's rare that psychology history becomes the topic of a major motion picture, but this last November marked the release of a film that explores one of psychology's most famous friendships. A Dangerous Method stars Viggo Mortenson, Michael Fassbender and Kiera Knightly and explores how the friendship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung gave birth to psychoanalysis.
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