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You Are What You Study (or Is It The Other Way Around?)

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You Are What You Study (or Is It The Other Way Around?)

Here’s an interesting way to advise a freshman on a major – a personality test. A published review1 of 12 psychological studies on college students stipulates that there are significant differences among students in different academic majors in terms of the “Big Five” personality traits – extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, conscientiousness, and openness. Anna Vedel, the psychologist who published the review, gathered all the results from these twelve studies and upon analyzing them together,  observed patterns among the “Big Five” personality traits. Let’s take a look at some of her conclusions.

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How To: Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

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How To: Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

The new year brings a fresh start with exciting possibilities. “New year, new you!” as people often say. Enter the New Year’s Resolution, a tradition in which people make promises to themselves at the start of every new year. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of Americans make new year’s resolutions...

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150 of Your Closest Friends: Dunbar’s Number

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150 of Your Closest Friends: Dunbar’s Number

649: The number of Facebook friends a typical college student had in 2014.1  We all know very well that we don’t interact with all 649 (or more!) of these friends we have on social media.  Combined with other forms, such as Twitter or Instagram, a person can easily have more than a thousand social contacts...

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Does Your Asian Glow Make Alcohol a No?

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Does Your Asian Glow Make Alcohol a No?

I’d bet money that you’ve seen an unfortunate, tomato-red Asian person afflicted with the “Asian Glow.” To most, “Asian Glow” is a superficial problem at worst, and a good conversation starter at best. But I hope to illuminate that recent scientific research has shown that my Asian Glow is nowhere near as benign as I once thought. In fact, if you are someone who experiences this Alcohol Flush Reaction, I hope to convince you to lower your alcohol intake. Alcohol could be a no if you suffer from Asian Glow.

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