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Children who ate healthy had an IQ up to two points higher by age eight.

The study watched at the relation between the eating habits of children at six months, 15 months and two years, and their IQ at eight years of age.
 
The study compared more than 7000 kids.
 
Children who were breastfed at six months and ate healthy had an IQ up to two points higher by age eight.
 
Healthy diet included legumes, fruit and vegetables at 15 and 24 months.
 
Children who ate biscuits, chocolate, lollies, soft drinks and chips in the first two years of life had IQs up to two points lower by age eight.
Smithers, L.G., Golley, R.K., Mittinty, M.N. et al. Eur J Epidemiol (2012) 27: 525. doi:10.1007/s10654-012-9715-5
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The mindbus technique for resisting chocolate

Only 27 percent of the mindbus group ate chocolates from their bag as compared with 45 percent of students in the control group.

Participants saw any thought of chocolate as a strange passenger. They coped with them by changing their voice, singing, or showing who is boss.The mindbus technique for resisting chocolate

Jenkins, K., and Tapper, K. (2013). Resisting chocolate temptation using a brief mindfulness strategy. British Journal of Health Psychology DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12050

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Exercise Can Help Ease Depression

An exercise group’s depression was reduced while studying symptoms of depression. It started to work after three weeks, and at the program end.

During this time, the control group’s depression symptoms remained unchanged.

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Craft, L.L. (2005). “Exercise and clinical depression: examining two psychological mechanisms.” Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 6, 151-171.

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The Police Believe a lot of Psychology Myths Related to Their Work

What more, police officers have more confidence than the public in their false beliefs.

There are the statements or myths:

“People only confess when they have actually committed the crime they are being charged with.”

“Eye-witnesses are always the most reliable source of case-related information.”

All of these statements are not supported by research.

UK police believed, on average, in 18 of the 50 false statements vs. 19 among the public.

Even in interview techniques the police performed as poorly as the public, despite the training.

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Red increases attractiveness. Really?

There are three research studies which didn’t confirm it.

In this study, the men gave smaller tips to female servers who wore red.

In the second research, 206 young Dutch men judged the attractiveness of a woman on a dating site. The women wore either a red, black or white shirt. Some men wanted to find a one-night stand, the others a long-term partner. Regardless of context, the woman was not rated more attractive when wearing red.

In the third attempt, researchers achieved the same negative results with 200 Americans.

We have to remember that the red effect can be more significant in real interactions than in the lab with photos. Maybe the color influences the behavior when the person is acting more flirtatiously.

Lynn, M., Giebelhausen, M., Garcia, S., Li, Y., & Patumanon, I. (2013). “Clothing color and tipping: An attempted replication and extension.” Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research. 

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