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The Secret Life of Pronouns

Psychologist James W. Pennebaker’s research reveals that our use of pronouns and other simple, everyday words can reveal not only our genders, but also our emotional states and even aspects of our personalities.

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Counting on Gender

Research from James Wilkie and Galen Bodenhausen at Northwestern University demonstrates that gender falls into broader mental categories, and is therefore associated with numbers and objects through a phenomenon called “communion.”

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Sexiness and Sweaters: The Psychology of Objectfication

Research is showing that objectification, commonly thought of as removing mind and morals from a body, is actually a more complex process in which we alter our impressions of a person’s competence, sensitivity, and emotions as we observe their physical appearance.

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The Mozart Effect: Not so Noteworthy?

Since 1993, the “Mozart effect,” which holds that listening to classical music increases intelligence, has become popular around the world, but it faces significant controversy in the scientific community.

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