Psychology

Threat Via Emoji- The Law Does Not Consider Them A Joke

Nearly everyone is familiar with emoji, those popular icons that appear in text messages, emails and social media platforms. Emoji are often used as light-hearted adjuncts to text, or to soften the blow of a message. Emoji can be viewed as overly simplist ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 5 2017 - 7:00am

This Holiday, Poor People Will Be Wiser About Conflict Than The Middle Class

If you have a lot of assets to split, and splitting is easy, it's also easy to create ultimatums. When America was a poor country, people stayed together longer, families lived near each other, conflicts were resolved. You never went to bed angry, it ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 20 2017 - 6:18pm

Half Of Women In STEM Have Experienced Gender Discrimination

A new Pew Research Center survey examining people’s experiences in the workplace and perceptions of fair treatment for women provides just the results you would guess; half of women say they have been subjected to gender discrimination. The survey was 4,91 ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 9 2018 - 12:23pm

Gluten Intolerance Is Mostly An American Thing

In Canada, even people with Celiac disease don't really think of it as a disease, so it's no surprise the more subjective gluten "intolerance", which food marketers have used to create a $5 billion industry south of the Canadian border, ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 15 2018 - 6:00am

Stereotype Threat Reversal: When Female Chess Players Compete Against Men, They Excel

Stereotype threat is a sociological invention which seeks to rationalized why some people don't perform as well as others. In biology, for example, if a group of women didn't fare well on tests sociologists argue that if there were not enough wom ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 30 2018 - 4:58pm

McMindfulness: Buddhism Sold To You By Neoliberals

Mindfulness is big business, worth in excess of US$1.0 billion in the US alone and linked – somewhat paradoxically – to an expanding range of must have products. These include downloadable apps (1300 at the last count), books to read or color in, and onli ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 24 2018 - 9:00am

Virtual Reality Improves Empathy In Domestic Abusers

A virtual reality system for men who committed a domestic violence crime allows them to 'get into the victim’s shoes'- not by beating them, that likely caused the cycle of violence, according to sociologists. Instead, the belief is that violent p ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 25 2018 - 10:46am

No, Losing Your Money Does Not Increase Risk Of Death

A recent analysis links sudden loss of wealth in middle or old age with a 50 percent higher risk of dying than those who do not have such loss. The effect can last for two decades, and whether participants are very wealthy or have only modest savings made ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 4 2018 - 6:27pm

People Who Smile Are Regarded As Cooler

Imagine one person walks into a room and they are smiling and saying hello to everyone. Then imagine another person who walks in quietly, looks grim, and heads to a corner. Rapper Kanye West once told the press he doesn't smile for photos because &quo ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 20 2018 - 10:12am

Anthony Bourdain Has Committed Suicide And CDC Says Media Should Be Careful About Reporting It

Suicides have gone up in the United States since 1999, according to the CDC, but then state it is more than a mental health issue. There is no rhyme or reason to the increases, half of states, from cultures as different as Vermont and North Dakota, saw lar ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 8 2018 - 1:26pm