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Breaking bad habits: classical conditioning and smoking

7 March 2013

Addictions can be difficult to kick, especially when we are surrounded by people and situations that trigger the habit. But psychological conditioning can break the cycle, explains Amy Reichelt.

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Are you furious? Body cues tell us more than faces

30 November 2012

With intense positive and negative emotions intrinsically linked by overlapping brain systems, it may be that these emotions are more difficult to discriminate than originally thought, writes Amy Reichelt.

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Science alone won't change climate opinions, but it matters

29 November 2012

Science alone is not enough to swing the pendulum of public opinion towards supporting policy that will slow the quickening pace of climate change, argues Ben Newell.

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UNSW gives birth to scholarships for pregnant PhD candidates

25 November 2012

They reckon producing a PhD is like having a baby - painful and protracted, though nine months of pregnancy is mercifully briefer than a three-year doctorate. Doing both at the same time, though, has seemed impossible to many women, so the University of NSW has introduced a scholarship for pregnant PhD candidates.

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Remembering to forget: how to erase unwanted memories

2 October 2012

Our memories – good or bad – form parts of our identities and simply removing aspects of our character may have serious consequences, writes Amy Reichelt.

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Much more to happy retirement than money

12 September 2012

Money is considered to be the top priority in planning for retirement, but a more pertinent question to ask is how do you want to live, says psychologist Dr Joanne Earl.

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Taking a break makes practice perfect

20 August 2012

Trying to learn a piano piece or master a new dance step? Make sure you take good breaks while training, a new study suggests.

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