Psychology

Echo Chamber Of Disinformation Keeps Anti-Science Beliefs Persistent

From herbicides to vaccines to pollution, there is a science consensus but there are still pockets of people who refuses to accept them. They are bolstered by disinformation campaigns. When it comes to food or what car to drive, the difference is higher co ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jun 6 2019 - 6:00am

And The Optimal Age Of Puppy Cuteness Is...

Dog owners insist that 'all dogs are puppies', which means our beliefs about their cuteness are not conditional on age, but a paper in Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals, suggests otherwise. The aut ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 10 2019 - 9:29am

If You Want To Seem More Dominant, Tilt Your Head

Social psychologists say we send out social cues not just with our facial expressions, but with the tilt of our heads as well. An otherwise neutral expression looks more dominant when the head is tilted down. The authors speculate that is because tilting o ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 13 2019 - 5:29pm

For Some Parents, The Struggle Over A Child's Sexual Orientation Takes Years To Overcome

Some parents with a lesbian, gay or bisexual child report just as much struggle to adjust two years after the fact as they did when they first learned of their child's sexual orientation, according to a recent survey. That has nothing to do with carin ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 19 2019 - 8:17am

Drugs, Suicide A 2X Risk Factor For Returning Soldiers With PTSD

While no one knows that causes posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), because it is a blanket term for anything that can be deemed "trauma", one thing is clear: United States Veterans seeking treatment for PTSD as a population are at increased sta ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 24 2019 - 8:06am

Framing: How Media Shape The News

If you have a large picture and you want people to focus on certain aspects of it, you frame it in such a way the eyes are drawn to it.  It's no different in media. Though journalists try to be objective each news outlet has self-selection bias, deter ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 24 2019 - 8:26am

Bystander Effect Debunked- In 91% Of Real World Cases Someone Helps

Bystander apathy is a social psychological construct where it is believed that someone who sees a victim is less likely to offer help when other people are present. They say it is proportional to the number of bystanders, the more people around not helping ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 26 2019 - 10:34am

Doctors, Don't Be Shy About Selfies From Patients- They Do A Lot Of Good

Doctors, like scientists, often aren't big on putting themselves into stories and getting selfies with patients, or even accepting pictures as part of care. But selfies are a part of modern culture, and that means they are empowering to patients, so a ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 28 2019 - 11:25am

53 Percent Of Survey Respondents Have Had Out Of Body Experiences

At the recent Academy of Neurology Congress, scholars reported that among 1,034 people recruited from 35 countries via an online crowdsourcing platform asked if they'd ever had an Near Death Experience, 289 answered 'yes.' When were asked f ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 30 2019 - 4:37pm

Fake News, Or Just Bias Different From Our Own?

The underlying central metaphor of the new Marvel film "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is that news shouldn't be trusted. Many agree, but whether or not people label it "fake" seems to be based on how different their own bias is. If yo ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 8 2019 - 2:18pm