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Top 10 Most Lucrative Psychology Careers & Sub-fields

Meeting w dataWhether or not you found yourself looking for an area of psychology that suits you, you’re researching potential career paths, or you’re warning your child about the terrible mistake they’re about to make, you must be curious to know who makes the most money in psychology. Is it the neuroscientist? The sports psychology expert? The clinical practitioner? The psychology professor? The answer is clear, but it may surprise you. Read on to find out what it takes to be a well-paid psychologist, and find out how much they make.

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Where to Get Free Post-secondary Education in English

Arcada University of Applied Sciences in HelsinkiAfter doing some independent research for my last article on German, a country that I am growing to like as I learn more about it, I decided to find out what other countries offer higher education in English. Sure, America has the best universities in the world. The United Kingdom has some of the oldest, most established institutions ever. Canada and Japan have world authorities in their respective fields teaching in their universities. These are all fantastic options for higher education, but they have one thing that the following list of countries doesn’t have: tuition fees.

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Be Smart, Move to Germany (not in that order)

Erfurt University German Flag - stkIs it just me, or is Germany possibly the greatest country in the world today…?

Germany is considered the 5th best place to be young in the world (3rd in Europe), and with 64% of the population speaking English, it’s also one of the best places for foreigners of any age to visit (…especially if they speak English). It has the world’s 4th largest economy (after US, China, and Japan) and an impressively low unemployment rate. It’s no wonder that it was rated as the most positively viewed country in the world in 2013 by the BCC. But the real story that motivated me to blog about this is the news about something dear to my heart – higher education. Namely, Germany has made all of its university education completely free.

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Label Wars: Made in China, Japan, or America

American bikini Asian girl

Do you care where your clothes were made? It seems like virtually everything you buy at the store now has the “made in China” label on it, but that’s not stopping consumers or retailers from dealing with such products. American companies deal with tons of sweat-shop workers in China and elsewhere for cheap labour, and it seems there is no end in sight. Even Japanese people, who currently have probably the most negative views of Chinese people in the world, still consume goods from China. So what’s the deal?

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What are the Fattest Countries in the World? (America is NOT #1)

Fat AmericasIt’s time for Americans to jump for joy – and I’m sure they would if they were in any shape to do so – because they are no longer considered the fattest people in the world. What happened? A mix of diet, geography, and culture has given American’s neighbors the new distinction, though they are in a tight race for the top spot. No, not Canada. The new fattest country in the world is Mexico.

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Are Religious People More Charitable, Generous, and Altruistic than Atheists?

and God said Adam 'keep the change'

ResearchBlogging.orgAccording to a Canadian study from 2008, religious people are “more helpful, honest and generous;” and an American study from last year found that “religious states give more to charity than non-religious states.” As I explained in a previous article, the stereotype that religious people are more likely to be Good Samaritans than nonreligious people is highly suspect. In fact, a new study has thrown the idea of religious people being more charitable into question too. This might just be the nail in the coffin for stereotypes about religiosity and altruism.

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Vaccine Psychology – Part 1: Vaccine Price Influences Perceived Risk of Infection

Money Syringe

Even the adults who are rational enough to know that vaccines are a good thing (as opposed to the horribly misguided anti-vaccination movement) are still susceptible to the irrationalities of our own psychology. A study published earlier this month from Tulane University in New Orleans, America, has found that the cost of getting vaccinated influences people’s perception of how likely they are to contract a virus.

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Is Winning the Lottery Going to Change Your Life? Will it Improve It?

The two questions in the title are qualitatively different. One asks the question we all know the answer to. The other one is a bit less obvious. Everyone sees what life would be like with a huge amount of money – glamour, traveling, room service, shopping sprees, power, influence, etc. We have enough TV shows and movies to show us how great life would be like to have money. However, I don’t know of any movie or TV show that shows what the immediate post-winning life is like for people who are not used to possessing such vast wealth. It was reported a few days ago that Amanda Clayton – who I blogged about here, regarding her unwillingness to cancel food stamps even after winning – has died after overdosing on drugs. She’s just the newest member of the list of people whose lives were ruined after winning the lottery.

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Top 20 Most Expensive Cities in the World

The cost of living in any given country gives one sense of what it may be like to live there. Obviously big cities tend to be the most expensive, which is why Japan’s three biggest cities rank within the top 10 among expensive countries for expatriates – they’re huge. And all of the little things – like food and transportation – add up. New rankings were released on the cost of living among 214 cities; so check below to find out if your city made the list.

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Is Getting Rid of Low-Value Currency Good for the Economy?

“Free your pennies from their prisons,” said Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty last week. This is his call to get Canadians’ coins from their piggybanks to the market place, where they can finally be retired. That is, the government’s federal budget for 2012 left the penny out of the equation, and the Royal Canadian Mint will no longer produce them. What kind of impact may this have on the economy, and is this a good thing for Canada ?

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