Psychology

Does Brexit Talk Make You Psychotic? You're Not Alone

Political events can take a serious toll on mental health- at least in one case. A man with a brief episode of acute psychosis convinced a doctor it was triggered by the 2016 Referendum on Brexit--the process of the UK leaving the European Union (EU), whic ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 2 2019 - 12:06pm

Environmental Scientists Need Better Emotional Support, Argue Marine Biologists

The belief that scientists should be dispassionate observers and neutral resources for the public good is dangerously misguided, argue marine biologists in a Science letter.  Environmentalists feel pain when they see destruction of nature and should be all ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 11 2019 - 8:34am

Psych Tests Where You ‘Answer Without Thinking’ Promote Politically Correct Answers, Not Honest Ones

A new paper finds that instead of leading to more honest replies, presumably because people don't think about the response, time pressure questions actually increase the likelihood of socially desirable answers over honest ones. There’s a longstandin ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 14 2019 - 3:31pm

Burnout Is Affecting Up To Half Of U.S. Nurses And Physicians

A National Academy of Medicine report released today says that a third to a half of physicians and nurses say they feel burned out, and that is even higher for medical students and residents at nearly 60 percent. That could obviously affect patient care an ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 23 2019 - 5:34pm

Social Psychology Woo: Men With Short Index Fingers And Long Ring Fingers Are Nicer To Women

If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it, said cultural pundit Beyoncé Knowles about women and fingers- but that does not mean women should accept. First, they should look at the fingers on men. Men with short index fingers and long ring fin ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 24 2019 - 2:28pm

Unlike Movies, In Evolution The Best Screamers Often Survived

Of all the sounds humans produce, nothing captures our attention quite like a good scream. They’re a regular feature of horror films, whether it’s Marion Crane’s infamous shower scream in “Psycho” or Chrissie Watkins’ blood-curdling scream at the beginnin ...

Article - The Conversation - Oct 28 2019 - 12:33pm

The Vanishing Passport Trick

Living in an organized society means we usually abide by unwritten rules of conduct, in addition to avoiding breaking state laws. We can then rely on order to prevail over chaos, kindness to overpower selfishness, and the common good to be an achievable go ...

Blog Post - Tommaso Dorigo - Nov 5 2019 - 1:07am

You Learn More By Trusting Than Not Trusting

We all know people who have suffered by trusting too much: scammed customers, jilted lovers, shunned friends. Indeed, most of us have been burned by misplaced trust. These personal and vicarious experiences lead us to believe that people are too trusting, ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 12 2019 - 5:14pm

Is Your Child A Moody Teen Or Depressed? It Can Be Hard To Tell

For two-thirds of parents it can be hard to know the line between recognizing youth depression and making something special of teen moods, and perhaps enabling more problems. But there is no question America is the most over-medicated in the world, and one ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 19 2019 - 5:01am

Teens Report Being "So Bored" More Than Ever

In a story that feels like it could have come from Babylon Bee or The Onion, psychologists used surveys of teens to declare with somber seriousness that teens are more bored than ever- and adolescent girls are most bored. And that could lead to drug abuse. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Nov 20 2019 - 1:09pm