Psychology & Psychiatry

Older People Less Able to Hide Bigotry, Study Shows

(PhysOrg.com) -- People do not get any more racially prejudiced as they age — but they do become less able to hide it, suggests a new study by researchers at UC Davis, the University of Freiburg and the University of Sydney.

Neuroscience

Researchers discover the science behind giving up

What happens when we give up? Inside the brain, a group of cells known as nociceptin neurons get very active before a mouse's breakpoint. They emit nociceptin, a complex molecule that suppresses dopamine, a chemical largely ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Examining how people's emotions are influenced by others

In a new study, Stanford psychologists examined why some people respond differently to an upsetting situation and learned that people's motivations play an important role in how they react.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Self-control may not diminish throughout the day

After a long day of work and carefully watching what you eat, you might expect your self-control to slip a little by kicking back and cracking open a bag of potato chips.

Neuroscience

Scientists illuminate the neurons of social attraction

The ancient impulse to procreate is necessary for survival and must be hardwired into our brains. Now scientists from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have discovered an important clue about the neurons ...

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Motivation

Motivation is the internal condition that activates behavior and gives it direction; energizes and directs goal-oriented behavior. The term is generally used for human motivation but, theoretically, it can be used to describe the causes for animal behavior as well. This article refers to human motivation. According to various theories, motivation may be rooted in the basic need to minimize physical pain and maximize pleasure, or it may include specific needs such as eating and resting, or a desired object, hobby, goal, state of being, ideal, or it may be attributed to less-apparent reasons such as altruism, morality, or avoiding mortality.

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