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Articles About Intellect, Memory, Thinking and Intelligence

Loneliness and the Baby Boomer
Single baby boomers have a lonely old age ahead according to new statistics from Bowling Green State University's National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR).

Power and Poor Decision-Making
How power can fuel the overconfidence that causes people in leadership positions to make bad decisions.

Recognizing and Remembering Faces
The ability to recognize and remember faces is best when we are aged 30-34 - ten years later than most of our other mental abilities.

Decision-Makers Opt For Quick Results
When individuals are faced with making a choice that could result in short-term reward or longer-term benefit, those provided with complete information about the options tend to opt for the quick result.

Infants, Adults and Novelty
Infants who are excellent at processing novel information when they are just 6- and 12-months-old are likely to demonstrate excellence in intelligence tests and academic achievements as young adults in their 20's.

IQ And Short-term Memory
Research from the University of Oregon published in Psychological Science suggests that short-term memory capacity is a strong predictor of IQ.

Gut Feelings Can Be Valid
Electrophysiological evidence that decisions thought to be based on guesswork or gut feelings may actually draw on valid memories that cannot be consciously accessed.

Experiences More Satisfying Than Possessions
Purchasing experiences rather than possessions results in increased well-being for consumers and others around them.

Gut Feelings
Research has shed new light on "gut feelings" arguing that they are real psychological phenomena that should be taken seriously.

Negative Influences
While we tend to believe that we are capable of forming independent opinions, what other people think can influence our conclusions, with negative attitudes resulting in the biggest changes.

Longing Influences Choice
Longing for something intensely (like a holiday or food) can change an individual's choice making processes with a wider array of options considered than would normally be the case.

Counterfactual Thinking
Research sheds new light on the mental processes involved in "counterfactual thinking" in which past decisions are reviewed and alternatives evaluated.

Why Women Prefer Pink
Study supports the popular notion that men and women differ when it comes to colour preference.

The Origins of Morality
A new consensus that scientists are reaching on the origins and mechanisms of morality.

Learning and Forgetting Languages
Two studies shed light on the process of learning new languages.

Why Psychosis Rates Vary
Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London have found higher rates of schizophrenia and other psychoses in certain ethnic minority groups and also that parental separation in childhood is associated with an increased risk of developing psychosis later in life.



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