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  1. How League of Legends Uses Colors To Affect Players’ Behavior

    Everything is science if you look deep enough.

    Even if you've never launched your own summoner into battle for another team's nexus, you've probably heard about Riot Games' constant efforts to make League of Legends a more civil and welcoming space for its players, using such tools as rewards for good behavior, temporary bans for bad behavior, and more. A whole lot more. Like, stuff you could write a psychology dissertation on, more.

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  2. The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Korra

    If you watched The Legend of Korra, you might have first sensed that something is wrong with Korra at the end of Season Three. During Jinora’s ceremony, as Tenzin delivers his speech thanking the Avatar for all her help and wishing her a speedy recovery, Korra is seen sitting in a wheelchair, tears in her eyes, and a stony look on her face.

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  3. Dealing With Anxiety: Psychology Lessons from Harry Potter

    Harry Potter does such an outstanding job of demonstrating how different characters cope with anxiety and fear that I couldn’t resist using these examples in my work with patients with anxiety. Here is how Harry Potter can be incorporated into therapy, and what we can learn from the series about facing our own fears.

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  4. The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Storm

    Even our heroes are scared of something.

    This is the first in our new Psychology of Inspirational Women series, in which Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Janina Scarlet talks us through the mindset of our favorite female characters.

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  5. Brain Orgasms, Spidey Sense, and Bob Ross: A Look Inside The World Of ASMR

    Oh, such a good scientific mystery!

    Since discovering the scientifically controversial but definitely awesome phenomenon known as ASMR, my life (and my browser history) has changed drastically. So why don’t more people know what I’m talking about?

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Things Get Freaky In First American Horror Story S4 Cast Photo

    Featuring bearded lady Kathy Bates.

    Those looking forward to American Horror Story: Freak Show have only until October 8th to wait. I should catch up on AHS, right? I feel like I should.

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  7. Facebook Secretly Used 689,003 People for a Psychological Experiment [Updated]

    ...but I think I might be fine with it.

    Facebook has been caught in a scandal after it was discovered that in 2012 they turned 689,003 users into unknowing participants in a psychological experiment. It's sneaky, arguably unethical, but surprisingly I think I'm actually on Facebook's side on this one.

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  8. Study Shows “Pinocchio” Won’t Help Your Kid Handle The Truth

    Or whales.

    Of all the moralistic fables told to kids to encourage honesty, "Pinocchio" is one of the weirdest, and possibly the least effective. A team of child psychologists recently studied the influence classic tales have on the honesty of children between 3-7 years old, and found that stories need a very specific touch to teach the merits of truth.

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  9. Experts Discuss The Psychology of Cult TV Shows

    Consider the Following

    Saturday at WonderCon 2014, a group of psychologists, and one psychologist-in-training, held a panel to discuss why cult TV shows really speak to us geeks. The panel included licensed therapist Josué Cardona (GeekTherapy.com), psychology professor Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), clinical psychologist and scientist Dr. Janina Scarlet (The Superhero Manual), and Elizabeth Ann (NerdLush.com). The panel had a packed room, with nearly two dozen con-goers occupying standing room in the back due to the lack of seats.

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  10. Scientists Link Cat Bites To Depression In Women, Somehow

    But I thought kitties were supposed to stave off depression? The whole world is a lie.

    Cat people say that kitties are great for your mental health - but science begs to differ. A new study published in PLOS ONE shows that, of the 1.3 million patient files studied over 10 years, 41% of people who had once hit up a hospital for a cat bite later returned to be treated for depression. Oh, and the researchers don't know why.

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