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Why You Can Be Dead Wrong but Still Believe You're Right, According to Science

Depressing research demonstrates just how irrational human beings are.<p>Have you ever had an argument with a friend, relative, or co-worker who remains certain of their position, even after you provide irrefutable proof that you're right and they're wrong? It's frustrating, but common. It turns out …

Violent Media and Aggressive Behavior in Children

Dillon, K. P., & Bushman, B. J. (2017, in press). Effects of Exposure to Gun Violence in Movies on Children’s Interest in Real Guns. <i>JAMA …

Psychology

The Hard Science of Teamwork

Like many people, I’ve encountered teams that are “clicking.” I’ve experienced the “buzz” of a group that’s blazing away with new ideas in a way that makes it seem they can read each others’ minds. We think of building teams that operate on this plane as an art, or even magic. It’s not something …

Grave Found on Shipwreck Island: ' Lord of the Flies Stuff '

Beacon Island off the western coast of Australia is better known as Murder Island or Batavia's Graveyard. The reason is simple: After the Dutch East …

Archaeology

Humanity may not be hardwired for violence, after all

We talk about war and human violence every day on the news program I host, The World. But, as experimental psychologist Steven Pinker reminded me recently, "You don't say where things are going right. What about all the parts of the world that used to be in flames, just consumed by war, but which …

The lust for power

<i>Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect all who seek it.</i><p>– Frank Herbert, “Dune”<p>It was nothing more than a random headline my husband read out loud …

The Neuroscience of Being a Selfish Jerk

If we’re being honest, most of us have at least some selfish aims – to make money, to win a promotion at work, and so on. But importantly, we pursue …

Lord of the Flies is still a blueprint for savagery

"I'm afraid. Of us."<p>Those words first appeared in print exactly 60 years ago when William Golding published his most famous novel, Lord of the …

It Takes Effort to be Selfish

Selflessness can be sexy. Generosity has been shown to pique the fancy of people seeking long term partners. It seems understandable that generosity …

Young People Vs Bullying

For years, people have been attempting to tackle the problem of bullying. Some believe it's working and some believe 'kids will never change'. …