Psychology

Stephen Colbert's 'Truthiness' Scientifically Validated

‘Truthiness,’ according to fount-of-all-important-wisdom and television host Stephen Colbert, represents the human preference to follow our intuition despite the presence of actual facts or evidence- and the more ambiguous an answer to a question, the more ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 20 2008 - 11:06pm

The Cheating Choice: Individual Free Will Keeps Us Honest

Think it's laws or governments that keep people honest? Not according to a new study in Psychological Science. Two psychologists examined the psychological impact of genetic determinism, free will, and ethical behavior and found that people who felt l ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 28 2008 - 11:01am

A Festive White Knuckle Ride For Alcoholics At Christmas

It is not only joy and goodwill that epitomize Christmas and the New Year. It is also stress, unrealistic expectations, letdowns, tension and, not least, drinking and partying. This can be one of the worst times of the year for someone with alcohol issues ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 25 2008 - 9:44am

How To Be Wrong

There are two mistakes you can make when you read a scientific paper: You can believe it (a) too much or (b) too little. The possibility of believing something too little does not occur to most professional scientists, at least if you judge them by their p ...

Article - Seth Roberts - Feb 7 2008 - 1:14am

New Study Examines Why Sadness Increases Spending

How you are feeling has an impact on your routine economic transactions, whether you’re aware of this effect or not. In a new study that links contemporary science with the classic philosophy of William James, a research team finds that people feeling sad ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 7 2008 - 10:36am

How To Be Wrong (continued)

I asked a friend of mine why she was a good boss. “I was nurturing,” she said. A big study of managers reached essentially the same conclusion: Good managers don’t try to make employees fit a pre-established box, the manager’s preconception about how to d ...

Article - Seth Roberts - Feb 12 2008 - 1:37am

Value Heuristics For Valentine's Day- Why It Seems The Good Ones Are Taken

Singles’ bars, classified personals and dating websites are a reflection, not only of the common human desire to find a mate, but of the sense of scarcity that seems to surround the hunt. Many people participate in dating activities in the hopes of finding ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 12 2008 - 1:39pm

Love: Rethinking What Men And Women Want In A Partner

When it comes to romantic attraction men primarily are motivated by good looks and women by earning power. At least that’s what men and women have been saying for a long time. Based on research that dates back several decades, the widely accepted notion pe ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 23 2008 - 2:22pm

Believing Is Seeing- How Context Changes What We Think We See

Scientists at UCL (University College London) have found the link between what we expect to see, and what our brain tells us we actually saw. The study, published in this week’s PLoS Journal of Computational Biology, reveals that the context surrounding wh ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 18 2008 - 12:42pm

Biomarkers: Blood Testing For Mood Disorders

There are currently no objective clinical laboratory blood tests for mood disorders. The current reliance on patient self-report of symptom severity and on the clinicians’ impression is a rate limiting step in effective treatment and new drug development. ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 25 2008 - 7:03pm