Psychology

Getting Risk Right: Geoffrey Kabat's Guide To Resisting Health Scares

Type “BPA” and “toxic” into Google and you get more than 500,000 results, many detailing how this chemical additive, which is used to strengthen plastics and line metal cans to prevent food poisoning, is disrupting your endocrine system and slowly killing ...

Article - Jon Entine - Jun 5 2017 - 3:10pm

Psychological Bias and Ageism Against Young People

In this writing, I want to show how common psychological biases lead to the (largely incorrect) belief that young people in their adolescent years are incompetent, immature, and incapable of responsibly making decisions for themselves. In particular, it i ...

Blog Post - Nightvid Cole - Jun 12 2017 - 6:40am

Should Parents Be Supportive Of Children’s Negative Emotions?

Mothers supportive of their children's negative emotions rate their children as being more socially skilled than teachers do. Not really a big surprise, parents often think the way they have chosen to do things is the best way, even if their kids seem ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 16 2017 - 6:47pm

Even Piglets Prefer New Toys

Kids are stimulated by new experiences. So are pigs. If you watched the 2014 video where a camera falls out of a plane and crashes into a pig sty you saw how intrigued they were by it, even though it clearly was not food. A new study says that such "c ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 22 2017 - 7:14am

Lucid Dreams: Exploring The Dark Side

No, this post is not about some exotic new physics model predicting dark photons or other useless concoctions which physicists sometimes entertain with, in their frustration for the lack of guidance from experimental data of what really is it  that the St ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Jun 23 2017 - 2:05pm

Theories On Pulsar Phenomena Aren't Theories

A theory is a very precise thing in science- yet some scientists can't resist using the term to lend intellectual weight to what may be a hypothesis and is likely just reasonable speculation. It's a large part of the reason why the term has becom ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 4 2017 - 6:48am

Fast Food Restaurant Density Correlated To Lower Levels Of Obesity

We know that corporations go where their market is. Whole Foods sets up shop in wealthy, progressive counties while smaller companies like Monsanto market to rural farmers. What about fast food companies? The claims have been that since there are obese peo ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 18 2017 - 5:01pm

Nomophobia: Made Up Disease Or Real Smartphone Anxiety Condition?

Nomophobia, defined as smartphone separation anxiety,  is when people perceive smartphones as part of their extended selves. Counselors, lawyers and therapists are aggressively pushing it as the fad diagnosis of 2017, but what behaviors and descriptors can ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 14 2017 - 4:55pm

The Odds Of Winning The Powerball Are 50/50- Or 1 in 292.2 million

All across America people are dreaming of a better life, thanks to the government-sponsored gambling event known as the Powerball Lottery. ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Aug 19 2017 - 1:13am

Smoking Is No Longer Cool Among American Kids- Peer Pressure Is Why

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seem more scared than elated by United States smoking rates. They have migrated from a war on the world's top killer, smoking, to being in a war on a chemical, nicotine. They needn't be concerned. S ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 24 2017 - 4:01pm