Fiona Grishaw-Jones

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The Social Psychology of the Selfie

The "selfie." I kind of cringe every time I hear that word, imagining Myspace-style angles, duck faces, peace signs and dirty mirrors. I'm not alone …

Coldhearted Psychopaths Feel Empathy Too

Psychopaths may be capable of empathizing with others in some situations, a new study has found.<p>The study's researchers investigated the brain …

Why our best students are totally oblivious

While being up in arms about popular injustices, they’re educated how not to see race, empire and colonialism<p>This past week, I taught my first classes of the semester. The college where I teach attracts young men and women who are generally left of center. Some of them are the children of …

National Crime Victimization Survey: A new report finds that the Justice Department has been undercounting instances of rape and sexual assault.

How do you measure rape and sexual assault? It’s a tricky and loaded question, and the answer impacts a couple of highly charged debates. As in: If …

71% of Facebook Users Engage in 'Self-Censorship'

Men self-censored more than women -- particularly if they had large numbers of male friends.<p>Most Americans now know the feeling of typing something into a social media input box, thinking again, and deciding against posting whatever it was. But while it certainly <i>seemed</i> like a widespread phenomenon, …

Smarter People Stay Up Later, Do More Drugs and Have More Sex

It's science.<p>Sex. Drugs. Late nights.<p>You may be reading the first four words of my memoir. Or you could be simply listing three things that show signs of being a genius, according to various studies. There's evidence that shows that if you're spending less of your nights hitting the books and more …

Psychology

Chocolate-Covered Guilt? How to Enjoy Your Favorite Foods Guilt-Free

In the study, 40 women were split into two equal groups. One group was shown healthy living magazines with images of people looking fit and slender while the other group looked at magazines whose pictures did not relate to wellbeing. After study participants were done reading, they were given a …

Nutrition

How Awkward People Can Start Non-Awkward Conversations

You’re not going to die if you talk to a new person. (Really, you won’t.) Especially if you follow these rules.<p>“Remember that most people in the room at any given networking event feel the same way you do,” Anna Runyan writes for the Daily Muse. “Scared to death.”<p>Why? Because new people are …

Networking

Why Do You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice?

<i>Reader Christah wrote to ask, “Why do our voices sound different to us than they do to other people/on recordings?” And Jenny asked on Facebook, "Why</i> …

Harry Potter

Conquer Phobias By Watching Someone Else Interact With What You're Afraid Of: Study

Are you afraid of spiders? A good way to get over that fear might be to watch another person interact with a spider, and experience no harm from doing so.<p>A new study suggests an effective way to conquer your fears could be to see someone <i>else</i> safely interact with the thing you're afraid of -- …

Psychopaths' Lack Of Empathy Has Neurological Basis, Study Shows

By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer<p>Published: 09/24/2013 04:06 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Psychopaths are usually described as lacking empathy, and a new study reveals the neurological basis for this dearth of feeling.<p>When people with psychopathy imagine others experiencing pain, brain regions associated with …

The Neuroscience of Social Influence

Before I wrote this article, I went through two stages. In the first stage, I cruised the academic journals for interesting papers. Once I found a …

10 Chances Unhappy People Refuse To Take

Happiness isn’t a destination. It’s a journey. And to succeed in this journey, you have to be brave enough to take some chances. Are you sick and …