Topic: psychology

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    April 13, 2015 Psychology for Dummies: Staying Positive

    How do we measure happiness? What are the key ingredients to a fulfilling life? These are few of the questions posed by an emerging (and often forgotten) area of psychology: positive psychology. Positive psychology focuses on promoting wellbeing and happiness within individuals. Founded by renowned psychologist, Martin Seligman, little over a decade ago, it has […]

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    March 17, 2015 Psychology for Dummies: Illusions

    It was a simple question that ignited the Internet: was this dress blue and black or white and gold? Simple as it was, it divided people, with some claiming that they saw one pair of colours and others claiming that they saw the other pair. The debate was eventually settled when it was revealed by […]

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    February 12, 2015 Psychology for Dummies: How to train anyone or anything

    The basic principles of conditioning (influencing behaviour) are the same whether you are trying to train your hamster, a circus elephant or your best friend.  There are two main ways you can approach it, classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Although they are quite straightforward theoretically, actually applying the principles in the real world requires a […]