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‘Mind After Midnight’: Human brains are not meant to be awake late at night, says new study

  • An article published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Network Psychology in March suggests that when humans are awake after midnight, neurophysiological changes in the brain lead to more negative thoughts and harmful and impulsive behaviors.
  • The study suggests that the brain is not meant to be awake after midnight as decisions are likely to lead to addictive behaviors, including overeating, drinking, gambling or criminal activity.
  • The changes also cause people to see the world more negatively than they typically do during the day.
  • A 2019 study published in the journal Sleep Medicine found that young and middle-aged adults in Asia get the least sleep due to “higher work and educational demands in Asian countries.”

A new study suggests that when humans are awake after midnight, neurophysiological changes in the brain lead to more negative outcomes.

The researchers of the hypothesis, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Network Psychology in March, are calling for new studies on the human brain after they discovered evidence that when humans are awake during the biological circadian night, neurophysiological changes in the brain causes them to view the world negatively, engage in harmful behaviors and make impulsive decisions.

American Psychological Association apologizes for role in perpetuating systemic racism

American Psychological Association apologizes

The American Psychological Association (APA) has issued a formal apology over its contribution to systemic racism in a resolution published on Friday. 

Why this matters: With over 122,000 members, the APA is the largest scientific and professional organization dedicated to psychology in the U.S. It was founded in July 1892 on white male leadership, many of whom “contributed to scientific inquiry and methods that perpetuated systemic racial oppression.”

Science Explains How to Be Luckier in 2018

And just like that, 2017 is finally behind us. Our social media feeds are, once again, filled with resolutions, wishes of a better year, and grainy mobile videos of year-end parties and fireworks.

It will be the “Yellow Mountain Dog” (Year 4715 on the Chinese calendar) on Feb. 16, 2018 and astronomy and Feng Shui experts are already sharing tips on which lucky numbers and colors would bring good fortune.

Psychologist Argues Chinese People Think Like 6-Month-Old Infants

A psychologist has argued that most Chinese people have the mental age of a six-month-old and never got out of what Sigmund Freud called the oral stage in his psychosexual theory of development.

The oral stage is the first of Freud’s five stages, where the mouth serves as the primary erogenous zone. In essence, this stage is all about the infant putting stuff into his or her mouth to satisfy its desires.

Science Explains Why Narcissistic Jerks are More Likely to Be Successful

If you’ve ever suspected your boss was a narcissistic jerk, a new study may back you up.

Researchers from the University of Bern found that workers who scored higher on some “dark triad” traits — psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism — often had more opportunities for raises and promotions to leadership positions, according to Minds for Business.

Giving Children Money Makes Them Work Harder — But There’s a Catch

The mere act of handling money causes children as young as 3-years-old to take more and give less, according to new research.

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and University of Illinois at Chicago found that the positive and negative effects of handling cash occurred even in children who did not know what money was used for.

Why Being Weird Might Help You Find a Date, According to New Study

Men and women prefer partners who are weird, according to a new study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

The study’s researchers asked a group of heterosexual and bisexual people from the United States, the United Kingdom and India to select individuals from online dating websites that interested them. They were also asked to describe their ideal partners and to imagine date scenarios with a person they just met.

Science Reveals Why Some People are Selfish Jerks

New research supports the idea that selfishness is programmed into Machiavellians. These individuals exploit others’ willingness to play fair and cooperate for individual gain. In the eyes of a Machiavellian, people are tools to be used as a means to an end in fulfilling their own aims.

A questionnaire that tests for this trait finds that people who are high in Machiavellianism tend to agree with statements such as: “The best way to handle people is to tell them what they want to hear” and “It is wise to flatter important people.”