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What Factors Besides Intelligence Predict Success?

Predicting success isn’t as straightforward as University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth thought. Duckworth has done pioneering work in the area of grit; a characteristic often described as putting passion and perseverance toward important long-term personal goals. In a prospective longitudinal study of more than 11,000 West Point cadets, the research team discovered that both […]

Older Adults Have Smaller Social Networks But Enjoy Greater Well-being

Are younger adults who cultivate numerous connections with friends, families, and acquaintances through online social networks any happier than older adults who have smaller circles of face-to-face relationships? The answer may be no, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Quality social relationships boost well-being and may be as important to people under […]

Moral Grandstanding, Empathic Polarization, And Mood Disorders Neurobiology

Moral grandstanding is the use of public moral discourse for self-promotion and status attainment. If you find yourself in an open discussion of morality or politics to impress others with your superior moral qualities, you may be a card-carrying moral grandstander. A new study in PLOS found that grandstanders were more likely to report antagonistic […]