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Black Friday psychology: Inside the minds of shoppers

An estimated 147 million Americans plan to go shopping sometime this weekend, according the National Retail Federation. But who are these people, what's the psychology driving them to rise before dawn in pursuit of a deal -- and have they really never heard of online shopping?


The psychology of heroism: Why some people leap in front of bullets

During the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, and Oak Creek, Wisconsin, some people confronted danger and saved lives, while most others scampered for the exits. What explains the difference?


Is the Web Driving Us Mad?


Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness, Tony Dokoupil reports.


When My Crazy Father Actually Lost His Mind

And what it took to get him the help he needed... It was early December 2010. That August, my father, who was 69, became abruptly and deeply paranoid. Convinced that nameless people were trying to kill him, he slept no more than an hour or two a night and started drinking after five years of sobriety. When his suspicions grew to include his immediate family, he became violent and threatened suicide.


How the Power of Positive Thinking Won Scientific Credibility

Psychologist Michael F. Scheier reflects on his groundbreaking 1985 research, which provided the scientific framework for exploring the real power of optimism.


Lactose intolerance may sometimes be in the head, not the gut

Lactose intolerance may sometimes be in the head, not the gut

Italian researchers report that some people who think they are lactose-intolerant may actually suffer from a psychological condition known as ...


How Dying Works

Dying is one thing we all have in common. Our bodies weren't built to last, and you can't trick the Grim Reaper out of coming to call. So what are we in for at the end of life?

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