Psychology

In the spring, the alpha wolf sits high on a ledge looking out over the young wolf pups as they play and get socialized by the older wolves. When an older wolf humiliates a young wolf pup, the appropriate response is for the wolf pup to put their tale between their legs and run away. It’s all about respect. However, every once in a while, there is a pup who will not play the game according to the rules of the social group. What happens? The alpha wolf will summarily kill the young pup.

Psychology studies the individual, and sociology studies the group. Social psychology studies the relation between the individual and the group, and for me that’s where all the action is. I study perception and the subjective organization of meaning ...

If I asked you to call 1,000 people today and screen each person for 1 minute in the hopes that 500 of them would agree to participate in an upcoming survey, you could not do it. If you spent 60 seconds making 1,000 calls it would take over 16 hours, without a break.

Many people today believe they possess a soul. While conceptions of the soul differ, many would describe it as an “invisible force that appears to animate us”.

It’s often believed the soul can survive death and is intimately associated with a person’s memories, passions and values. Some argue the soul has no mass, takes no space and is localized nowhere.

Here is one more reason American taxpayers should not continue to spend over $100 million a year on complementary, alternative and integrative techniques; after a six-day Ayurvedic-based well-being program that featured a vegetarian diet, meditation, yoga and massages they determined that their program led to measurable decreases in a set of blood-based metabolites associated with inflammation, cardiovascular disease risk and cholesterol regulation. 

Six days.

Zen cooking according to the teachings of the master-less monk Feng Sa Sha (风洒沙, Wind Sprinkling Sand) is, unsurprising perhaps when considering the radical fundamentality of Zen, not only the most inexpensive and easy as well as perhaps most importantly, great tasting of all cooking, but moreover it is the most healthy and wholesome diet – no surprise that it is consistent with and full of good science.

 

Your choice of smartphone provides valuable information about you, according to a new social psychology paper. That's right, not only is your choice of smart phone indicative of your personality.

Do anti-vaccine people hang around with anti-vaccine people or did hanging around with them cause them to lose faith in science?

There are an alarming number of factors that all correlate with anti-vaccine sentiment; the types of food purchased, beliefs about science, beliefs about energy, and beliefs about politics. But did all of those happen, and the people who embraced them gravitated toward each other, or did the social circle create the issue?

Does how much hair a man has matter in how he is perceived? A gigantic cosmetic surgery industry say it's true. What we unclear was how much was objectively true versus how much it was just a confidence-builder. If a man was self-conscious about being bald, he may seem more insecure. With hair, that might go away. Does that make him seem more attractive, though? 

A new paper in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery claims they are more attractive - at least on surveys.