It's round five of the Poll of the Year, where you vote in your favourite stories from this blog for 2009. This round - psychology. Here's a smattering of some of the (in my opinion) coolest, most surprising and, in some cases, most useful, stories of the year. Which do you rate?
- People who think they are more restrained are more likely to succumb to temptation
- Holding heavy objects makes us see things as more important
- Information overload? Heavy multimedia users are more easily distracted by irrelevant information
- Do lost people really go round in circles?
- Our moral thermostat - why being good can give people license to misbehave
- To predict what will make you happy, ask a stranger rather than guessing yourself
- Violent films and games delay people from helping others
- The peril of positive thinking - why positive messages hurt people with low self-esteem