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PSYlent: 29th April 2007

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Here is the first of a what is going to be a weekly overview of those stories that I think are pretty interesting in psychology but don’t really apply to the OCR specification. Seems a shame to miss out on them just because I can’t get them to fit into the specifications. So, here are those studies that would have been without a voice on PsychBLOG, or as I’m going to call them: PSYlent!

Want to achieve something? Picture yourself doing it from a third-person perspective
If you’re ever visualising yourself doing something there’s a much higher ‘follow through’ rate if you actually picture yourself as a third person watching yourself doing it. Well so it seems. Read more at the BPS Research Digest.

Where’s the cheese? Mouse brain simulated.
A group of scientists have actually managed to simulate half of a mouse brain using a super computer. Read more at CogNews.com.

Is Sacrifice in Relationships Related to Commitment and Functioning?
… women expect to make sacrifices in relationships, whether they are committed or not. As a result women’s perception of sacrifice is unrelated to their relationship commitment. Men, in contrast, only tend to perceive sacrifices as less harmful when they are more committed to a relationship, hence the association. See the full picture over at PsyBlog.

Praise Your Spouse 5x More or Else
And still on the topic or relationships… make sure that your offering positive feedback to your loved one. See the World of Psychology for an explanation.

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