Psychology

The Social Psychology of Magic, Philosophy and Science in the Early Modern Age

If you catch anyone at the right moment, after having experienced something extraordinarily wonderful, joyful, or blissful, and if you ask them if that was a magical moment, they will agree that it was. Take the birth of a baby- few things compare, and an ...

Blog Post - Alex Durig - Mar 27 2017 - 5:26pm

Science And The Structure Of An Argument: How To Sort Good Information From Bad.

    This content of this blog is adapted from my lecture on Cognitive Bias in Decision Making, for the module Cognition and Emotion. I present this lecture to third year Psychology students at the University of Roehampton, London. The Structure of an Argu ...

Article - Paul Bretherton - Apr 21 2017 - 11:10am

Depression As Harbinger Of Other Disorders

Does the reality of mental disorders also cause depression, or is depression a harbinger of other disorders, a gateway as it were? ...

Article - News Staff - May 1 2017 - 4:51am

Science Acceptance: Don’t Underestimate The Power Of A Good Cartoon

Though photos are considered more credible, if you are evangelizing a controversial energy type like wind, a cartoon may appear more persuasive.  In a recent study, participants were shown one of two versions of the same set of brochures. Each set was desi ...

Article - News Staff - May 15 2017 - 2:46pm

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