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A 2 week Stanford Psychology Study Was Cut Short after Just 6 Days — Here’s What Went Horribly Wrong 

The Stanford Prison Experiment/IFC Films/YouTube During the summer of 1971, 24 volunteers living near Stanford University were interviewed, selected, and arrested. They’d all responded to a simple newspaper ad calling for male college students whom, it said, would get $US15 a day to participate in a “psychological study of prison life” that summer. [...]

Research at Stanford shows that working together boosts motivation

When people are treated as partners working together with others – even when physically apart – their motivation increases, according to new Stanford research. As the study noted, people undertake many activities in life on their own but with others in mind – a researcher writes a paper on a new medical treatment and knows [...]

Harvesting Happiness Instead Of Chasing It

Every day, it seems, we are bombarded with advertisements, memes and well-meaning emails telling us how to “be happy.” Despite this, a new study led by Stanford University reveals that chasing happiness may actually make us less happy. The new research, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, does, however, point to effective ways [...]

There Seems to Be a Universal Brain Response to Music

At Stanford University, nine men and eight women with no formal music training listened to obscure classical music (four symphonies by late-baroque composer William Boyce) while lying inside fMRI machines. The researchers used a type of imaging that let them examine all different areas of the brain over the entire time that the participants were [...]