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Sleep Loss Makes Self-control More Difficult: Why?

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Ever wonder why you have a more difficult time controlling yourself after not sleeping enough?

Are You Hitting Your Limit, or Getting Stronger? The Power of Reinterpreting Mental Effort

climber on edge of rock face outside in mountains, dangling with a rope and holding on the the stone surface with their hands

Listen to your elders, they say. Well, I wasn’t sure what to think when as a seven-year-old I sat in the kitchen and listened to my grandpa. On the table in front of us was a big bag of assorted candy. He polished them all off, piece after piece. “Does Mom know about this?” I sat there wondering. As though sensing my disbelief, he explained with a slightly defensive but definitive tone, “I have a sweet tooth.” I was perplexed. Was a sweet tooth something you “had”? Was it permanent? Did I have one?

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI June 30, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus news stories and tweets worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

Faithfulness Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Satisfied Partners Downgrade the Appearance of Potential Threats to Their Romantic Relationship

Though they meet thousands of new people in their lifetime, what underlying psychological factors might couples use to stay committed to their partners? According to a recent study, people in relationships actually see tempting people outside of their partnership as less attractive. This perceptual bias could represent a non-conscious method of self-control that assists in overcoming temptations in order to facilitate long term goals of staying with a romantic partner.

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI August 24, 2018

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This week: Two different perspectives on growth mindset interventions and more coverage of the bot hoopla. See what else you may have missed online.

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Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI August 10, 2018

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In the news this week: the benefits of uncertainty, procrastination, slacking at work, and cats. See what else you may have missed online.

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