Being able to resist a treat at the age of five is a strong predictor of success: you are more likely to perform well at school and report high self-worth and less likely to become obese, develop addictions or get divorced, found Walter Mischel.
Could it be that, in a digital age, people are left missing physical touch? Sophie McBain goes under-cuddle to find out.
Paul Dolan believes all humans strive for happiness, which he defines as a combination of pleasure and a sense of purpose. The problem is that we are often very bad at maximising our own well-being.
We are drawn to some types of information over others, our past experiences shape our present-day judgements and our emotional and physical states affect the choices we make.
A recent study is the first study to demonstrate that 'virtual humans' could help patients overcome psychological barriers to honesty in medical interviews especially for sensitive, personal and highly stigmatized topics - these findings could prevent potentially serious consequences for the patient’s health, such as incorrect diagnosis.
Contrary to popular opinion, practicing a musical instrument or a sport for thousands of hours isn’t enough to produce a Mozart or a Maradona – though it still helps.
Our understanding of empathy is pretty limited, but many figures are calling for change. Corporate culture is beginning to recognise the need to put yourself in someone else's shoes.
A Stanford study has found that those who hallucinate voices are influenced by the culture they live in, with differences in mood and tone depending upon where in the world they live.
The uncomfortable truth is that bombers and war criminals might not be so different from the rest of us – we are all vulnerable to peer pressure and groupthink.
Relying on our natural intuitions about what is right and what is wrong isn't enough for building an coherent system of ethics.