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Hey, Psych Central readers!

So, a lot of stuff happened this week. Some of it, pretty exciting (we finally got a few Powerball winners!); some of it, downright heart-wrenching (rest in peace, Alan Rickman and David Bowie).

For our purposes (which I have to admit, was a nice distraction from losing Professor Snape and Ziggy Stardust in one week), I’ve dug up some pretty interesting little psychology bits for you to feast on this morning.

Keep reading for information on how winning the lottery probably won’t make you happier, working long hours doesn’t always negatively affect relationships, the ways in which dogs recognize human emotions, and more!

A Classic Psychology Study on Why Winning the Lottery Won’t Make You Happier: Chances are, you didn’t win the highest Powerball thus far (a whopping $1.5 billion!), but chances also are, the money wouldn’t have made you any happier, anyway.

Campus Researchers Try New Ways to Close a Gap in Mental Health Care: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the majority of people with mental illnesses don’t seek help, and some experts say members of ethnic-minority groups are even less likely to seek treatment; thus, researchers are trying to find ways to bring treatment options to these students on college campuses, rather than waiting for them to visit traditional treatment settings.

The Impact of Long Hours On Our Relationships: For…well, ever, probably, popular opinion has been that working long hours has a negative impact on relationships; however, one new study claims there is “little correlation between long hours in the office and a decline in how happy we are in our relationships.” (However, it is noted that working these longer hours can increase chances of heart problems, depression, and sleep problems.)

How to Change Your Mood, Just by Listening to the Sound of Your Voice: If you’re like me, hearing the sound of your own voice belting out Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee” definitely changes the mood…just not in a good way. However, researchers have found a way to modify speech (more specifically, the emotions a person’s voice can convey) in such a way volunteers listened to their own playbacks and felt these emotions! (Now, if I could just manipulate my friends’ ears that way…hmm…)

Study: Future Lawyers Are Hiding Depression and Drug and Alcohol Use: According to a new study published in industry magazine Bar Examiner and conducted by “a law professor, a dean of law students, and the programming director of a nonprofit focused on lawyers’ mental health,” some of America’s law students who suffer depression and substance abuse problems might avoid seeking help out of fear it will impact their job opportunities after graduation.

Dogs Can Recognize Human Emotions: I’m betting all of us dog owners already figured this one out, only now we have a bit more information about it: “For the first time, researchers have shown that dogs must form abstract mental representations of positive and negative emotional states, and are not simply displaying learned behaviours when responding to the expressions of people and other dogs.”