Psychology

Extroverts: What The Scientific Literature Says Abouts Their Four Key Advantages

A prototypical extrovert is someone talkative, outgoing, who prefers taking the initiative in groups, expresses positive emotion and enjoys seeking out new experiences. By contrast, a prototypical introvert is quiet, emotionally reserved, less effusive, an ...

Article - News Staff - May 29 2019 - 12:31pm

How I Learned To Stop Thinking For Myself And Get To The Right Answer (Part One)

On Applied Epistemic Helplessness The often (always?) brilliant Scott Alexander has an essay that parallels the thesis of an essay I've been meaning to write for that last six years. It's the perfect topic to kick off this column which I've ...

Article - Marc Brazeau - Jun 9 2019 - 12:14pm

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