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A Yale psychologist's simple thought experiment temporarily turned conservatives into liberals

Social scientists have long known how to turn liberals into conservatives in the lab — all they have to do is scare them.<p>"Research has shown that you can make liberals more conservative by threatening them and making them somewhat afraid," Yale psychology professor John Bargh writes in his new …

Psychology

Triggering the Brain's Auto Focus

<i>Summary: A new study pinpoints the brain area responsible for forming direct links between environmental stimuli and enhanced focus.</i><p>Source: Duke …

Martian males and Venusian females: Are gender differences rooted in the brain or society?

Gender

The End Of User-Friendly Design

As emotive, verbal AI colonizes our world, “user-friendly” doesn’t mean what it once did.<p>There’s a new sub-genre of ghost stories out there today–one where the antagonist isn’t quite human. You can find these tales on user forums for many voice assistants: One user reports he and his wife heard …

CES

Using Psychology To Make New Year's Resolutions Stick

The new year brings with it new resolutions. In fact, it's the busiest time of year for new gym memberships. All too often these resolutions go unresolved, and these new memberships don't equate to active gym visits. Fortunately, psychology may have an answer that could help.<p>We all run low on steam …

4 Things You Can Do to Cheer Up, According to Neuroscience

For everyone, there are times when a dark cloud just seems to be following you around. You may not even even know why. While we don’t mean to …

When blind people do algebra, the brain's visual areas light up

<i>; Credit: Stuart Kinlough/Getty Images/Ikon Images</i>Jon Hamilton | NPRPeople born without sight appear to solve math problems using visual areas of the …

The Brain

What Your Social Media Use Says About Your Depression

Multiple researchers have discovered that the way people use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr correlates to symptoms of depression.<p>Researchers have long sought to understand how people with depression share their feelings on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. Some hope to develop an …

Social Media

LSD impairs recognition of negative emotions but increases empathy and prosociality, study finds

New research published in the journal <i>Neuropsychopharmacology</i> shows LSD alters the processing of emotional facial information while increasing …

Can Facebook Mess With Your Mind and Mood?

Do you find yourself checking Facebook or surfing your Twitter feed several times a day (or every hour, or more)? Social media can keep you connected …

Find Out What Job Best Matches Your Personality

Feeling the itch to change jobs, or even careers? Before you take the plunge, try this quiz to see which job best fits your personality.<p>Developed in …

Psychology

Here's Why Listening to Sad Music Makes You Feel Better

Turn up your weepy ballads.<p>We've all turned to melancholy music to make us feel better at some point in our lives, but why does doubling down on the …

Research

Character & Context | SPSP

In the News<p>Apr 06, 2018<p>Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI April 6, 2017<p>We're here with another weekly roundup. Recently in the news, written a post, or …

Gender Diversity

How to Remind Yourself to Be Grateful for Your Life

On February 12, 2009, a plane bound for Buffalo, NY, crashed into a house, killing all 49 people aboard the plane and one person on the …

Happiness

Friendship Matters

Everyone has a cause. Mine is friendship.<p>This all started seven years ago as my three daughters began heading off to college and I began trying to …

Psychology

Social Anxiety Tied to Overabundance of Serotonin

Individuals who suffer from social phobia tend to produce too much serotonin, according to a new study conducted by Finnish researchers at Uppsala …

The Psychology Behind Why We Share on Social Media

It’s safe to say that we like to share content with the online world. On the off-chance that you need any convincing, take a moment to consider this: …

New York Times