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Mental Health

What Is Mental Health?

Just as physical health is about more than being free of illness, mental health is about much more than the absence of mental disorders. Mental health includes psychological, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral factors. It […]

Psychology Dictionary

What Are Practice Effects?

Sometimes in psychology experiments, groups of participants are required to take the same test more than once. In some cases, performance can change from the first instance of testing and the next simply due to […]

How to increase your attention span
Cognitive Psychology

Improve a Short Attention Span

A short attention span is a common problem for many people. It happens to the best of us. You’re sitting in class or in a meeting and you suddenly find yourself daydreaming, losing focus, and […]

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Emotion

Emotional Intelligence: What You Should Know

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, understand, and manage emotions. This involves not just understanding your own emotions, but also understanding the emotions of other people. Emotional intelligence has been described as both a […]

Multiple kinds of intelligence
Cognitive Psychology

Gardner’s Multiples Intelligences

While conventional views of human intelligence focus on an individual’s intellectual potential, the theory of multiple intelligences suggests that intelligence is more than just a single general mental ability. First introduced by Harvard psychologist Howard […]

Child learning through observation
Learning

Observational Learning

Observational learning is a way of acquiring skills and knowledge by observing and imitating others. People watch others perform a skill, remember what they have observed, and later replicate this knowledge through their own behaviors. […]

Nature vs nurture
Development

Nature vs Nurture: Genes or Environment

What is it that makes you who you are? Some might say that it is your genes that have the greatest influence in controlling your personality and preferences. Others might say that it is your […]

Carl Jung
History of Psychology

Carl Jung: Biography and Theories

Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst whose work had an influence on the field of psychiatry as well as philosophy, religion, and literature. He was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud and the two […]