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Published on 06/2015

A pessimistic view of the future may not be the result of depression but the cause of it. That is the conclusion of research by Ann Marie Roepke and Professor Martin Seligman from the University of Pennsylvania published today, Friday 11 June 2015, in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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Published on 11/2014

Psychologist Gabrielle Oettingen's research on goal-setting and self-regulation animates discussion of some incredibly practical tools to help with constructive daydreaming, hurdling obstacles, implementation intentions and goal-fulfillment.

Published on 10/2014

Anticipation is increasingly at the heart of urgent contemporary debates, from climate change to economic crisis. As societies are less confident that tradition will provide an effective guide to the future, anticipatory practices are coming to the foreground of political, organizational and personal life.

Published on 10/2014

In this essay from the Center on Children and Families 'Essay Series on Character and Opportunity', Martin Seligman says that neither good character nor opportunity on their own will amount to much for an individual—they must be accompanied by optimism and hope, the bulwarks of a robust future-mindedness.

Published on 09/2014

Scientists at the University of Michigan looked into the minds of more than 750 youth and discovered that those with ADHD lag behind their peers when measuring how their brains form connections between key networks.

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Published on 04/2014

Methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, may prevent the depletion of self-control, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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Published on 09/2013

For some time, psychologists funded by the Templeton Foundation have labored to construct a respectable argument for the freedom of the will. Doing so, they find themselves between the rock of determinism and the hard place of chance.