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Sleep Loss Makes Self-control More Difficult: Why?

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Ever wonder why you have a more difficult time controlling yourself after not sleeping enough?

From Couples to Communities: The Built Environment Shapes Us As Much As We Shape It

A newly published literature review in Personality and Social Psychology Review describes the importance of the person-environment connection.

Faithfulness Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Satisfied Partners Downgrade the Appearance of Potential Threats to Their Romantic Relationship

Though they meet thousands of new people in their lifetime, what underlying psychological factors might couples use to stay committed to their partners? According to a recent study, people in relationships actually see tempting people outside of their partnership as less attractive. This perceptual bias could represent a non-conscious method of self-control that assists in overcoming temptations in order to facilitate long term goals of staying with a romantic partner.

Thinking Enjoyable Thoughts is Hard

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Would you rather be alone with your thoughts—free to conjure up any wonderful thing you can imagine—or do almost anything else?

Willpower and Desires: Turning Up the Volume On What You Want Most

San Diego -- Trying to resist that late-night tweet or checking your work email again? The bad news is that desires for work and entertainment often win out in the daily struggle for self-control, according to a new study that measures various desires and their regulation in daily life.