The Psychology of Panic
The Psychology of Panic
The recent news of consumers hoarding gasoline in the face of a brief closure of one of the world’s biggest petroleum pipelines is just the latest episode of panic buying since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
The Psychology of Panic
The Psychology of Panic

The recent news of consumers hoarding gasoline in the face of a brief closure of one of the world’s biggest petroleum pipelines is just the latest episode of panic buying since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

The recent news of consumers hoarding gasoline in the face of a brief closure of one of the world’s biggest petroleum pipelines is just the latest episode of panic buying since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

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Identity Crisis, 1906
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Human Memory Explorer Gordon Bower Dies
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The Stanford University researcher shared valuable insights into memory and learning during his 49-year career.
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Two new commentaries on a contested 2018 study about gender disparities in STEM fields clash over whether sex differences or social inequalities are to blame for the lack of women scientists and engineers.
Secrets in the Brains of People Who Have Committed Murder
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MRI scans from more than 800 incarcerated men pinpoint distinct structural features of people who have committed homicide, compared with those who carried out other crimes.
Robert Provine, Researcher of Universal Human Behavior, Dies
Robert Provine, Researcher of Universal Human Behavior, Dies
Emily Makowski | Oct 22, 2019
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, neuroscientist was known for pioneering work on laughter, yawning, hiccupping, and tears.
The Biology of Suicidal Thoughts in PTSD Patients
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Researchers link levels of a receptor in the brain to suicidal ideation in people with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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These failures were not due to differences among sample populations.
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Dartmouth Faces Lawsuit Over Sexual Misconduct by Professors
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Seven women are suing the university over alleged assault, harassment, and discrimination by three prominent scientists.
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The variants associated with the mood disorder included those without metabolic risks, suggesting it is the psychological effects of obesity at play.
 Robb Rutledge Pinpoints the Factors That Make Us Happy—Or Not
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Book Excerpt from <em>Adventures in Memory</em>
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