Jeff Richards

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New research challenges the idea that willpower is a "limited resource"

A popular psychological theory says that your willpower is<br>a “limited resource” like the fuel in your car, but is it wrong?<p>When we use willpower to …

Psychology

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about Abraham Maslow and self-actualisation – a new paper puts the record straight

<i>By</i> Alex FraderaAbraham Maslow was one of the great psychological presences of the twentieth century, and his concept of self-actualisation has …

Psychology

The friend effect: why the secret of health and happiness is surprisingly simple

For some, eating alone can be a joyous thing: forking mouthfuls of pasta straight from the pan, peanut butter licked off a spoon, the unbridled pleasure of walking home from the chippie alone on a cold night. But regularly eating meals in isolation is a different story. This one factor is more …

Psychology

Aboriginal families: Beyond flesh and blood

The black familyis a contested and colonised concept; my own family has never been a fixed and permanent entity. We have always been ephemeral. Some …

Siblings

Newstart recipients left with just $17 a day after housing expenses, research finds

There is a small public car park on the northern banks of the Hawkesbury, near where the river swallows Mooney Mooney creek.<p>To most, the car park is an unremarkable blip on the busy thoroughfare out of Sydney.<p>To Jane, who does not wish to have her last name published, it was home during her darkest …

Salvation Army

Why she broke | Helen Garner

It happened in broad daylight, one April afternoon in 2015, while the citizens of an outer-western Melbourne suburb called Wyndham Vale were …

Crime

The bombers next door: how an Indonesian family turned into suicide attackers

It was through food that the family of the Indonesian church bombers demonstrated neighbourly affection.<p>Families behind Indonesia bombings belonged to same religious study group<p>Read more<p>Over the years, plates of fried bananas or steamed packages of rice stuffed with vegetables and chicken, were …

Extremism

A Silver Thread: Islam in Eastern Europe

<b>Prologue</b><p>THERE HAS NEVER BEEN an Eastern Europe without Islam. Eastern Europe owes its existence to the intermingling of languages, of cultures, and, …

World History

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In the beginning there were stories.<p>People think in stories, or at least I do. My research in the field now known as behavioral economics started …

Chicago Booth

The Logic of Suicide Terrorism

First you feel nervous about riding the bus. Then you wonder about going to a mall. Then you think twice about sitting for long at your favorite café. Then nowhere seems safe. Terrorist groups have a strategy—to shrink to nothing the areas in which people move freely—and suicide bombers, …

Terrorism

Three years of research into #thedress, digested – a lesson in humility for perceptual science

Christian Jarrett<p>Three years ago, in a time before Trump or Brexit or <i>This Is America,</i> someone posted an overexposed photograph of a black and blue …

The Brain

Health Check: what should I eat to improve my skin?

“Get radiant skin!” “Banish your pimples!” “Glow from the inside out!”<p>These are some statements that pop up when asking Google the age-old question: …

Holistic Medicine

Eventually, Helen secured a place in social housing, a one-bedroom townhouse, which “gives me the luxury to come and go as I please”.<p>But not everyone …

Social Housing

'He was gone': fentanyl and the opioid deaths destroying Australian families

A few days before he died of a drug overdose, Sally’s (not her real name) younger brother called her to make plans.<p>“Someone had given him gold-class movie tickets and he wanted to take me to see Batman v Superman,” she told a coroners court this week. “He was looking forward to our regular Sunday …

Medicine

Murder-Suicide: When Killing Yourself Isn’t Enough

Murder-suicide, homicide-suicide, and dyadic death all refer to an incident where a homicide is committed followed by the perpetrator's suicide …

Mental Health

There are some people who commit 'murder-suicide' but they are extremely rare

It seems beyond doubt that the co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525 made a conscious decision to destroy the plane and kill the passengers. As with …

Mental Health

Social media copies gambling methods 'to create psychological cravings'

Social media platforms are using the same techniques as gambling firms to create psychological dependencies and ingrain their products in the lives of their users, experts warn.<p>These methods are so effective they can activate similar mechanisms as cocaine in the brain, create psychological cravings …

Social Media

'I am that girl'

She was at the centre of one of Australia's most controversial rape trials. Her story serves as a warning about the need to understand what consent …

New South Wales

Does working with money make us worse people?

Everyone likes a good royal commission – watching normally unaccountable people give an account of themselves. With all the anger about inequality now, it is especially appealing to see the spectacularly paid elite getting their comeuppance.<p>But if academic research into the impact money has on …

Finance

‘I had to guard an empty room’: the rise of the pointless job

One day, the wall shelves in my office collapsed. This left books scattered all over the floor and a jagged, half-dislocated metal frame that once held the shelves in place dangling over my desk. I’m a professor of anthropology at a university. A carpenter appeared an hour later to inspect the …

Employment

Learning by teaching others is extremely effective – a new study tested a key reason why

Christian Jarrett<p>The learning-by-teaching effect has been demonstrated in many studies. Students who spend time teaching what they’ve learned go on …

Pedagogy

Why Your Biology Runs on Feelings - Issue 56: Perspective

I have long been interested in human affect—the world of emotions and feelings—and have spent many years investigating it: why and how we emote, …

Consciousness

We are haunted more by regrets about not becoming the person we wanted to be, than not becoming the person we were expected to be

Christian Jarrett<p>In research published in the 1990s, psychologists asked people to list their biggest regrets in life and found that they tended to …

Psychology

A radical new theory proposes that facial expressions are not emotional displays, but “tools for social influence”

Emma Young<p>You’re at a ten-pin bowling alley with some friends, you bowl your first ball – and it’s a strike. Do you instantly grin with delight? Not …

Psychology

Finland's failed basic income trial exposes timeless welfare reform dilemma

Finland recently cooled on its so-called "universal basic income" experiment of replacing traditional unemployment relief with unconditional flat …

Welfare

How to be alone: ‘I feel most alive when I'm with my own thoughts’

What’s the difference between solitude and loneliness? We may confuse the two because we’ve been trained since we were young to think about them as the same state. By sending children to their rooms as punishment, we teach them the idea that aloneness is a privation. “It should be a reward,” says …

National Parks

Loneliness can’t be ‘cured’. We must learn to find value in solitude

Loneliness – the sense of isolation, accompanied by the feeling of alienation – has always been a feature of the human condition. References to the unhappy state of loneliness are scattered throughout the Bible. As the 17th century poet John Milton reminded us: “Loneliness is the first thing which …

Mental Health

Why do we think of the future as being in front of us? New clues from study of people born blind

Alex Fradera<p>Where is the future? The tendency in our culture – and most, but not all, others – is to compare the body’s movement through space with …

The Brain

Crossing Divides: The benefits of having friends who aren't 'just like us'

<b>Having a strong network of friends has many advantages, from offering support when we are down, to a group we can share our thoughts with. But could we be missing out if we only mix with people "just like us"?</b><p>For most of us, the people we see on a regular basis - our social network - are a defining …

Psychology

Couchsurfers at greater risk of suicide and self-harm than those on street, study suggests

Young couchsurfers report having worse mental health and greater risk of suicide and self-harm than those sleeping on the streets, a study has found.<p>Preliminary results from a research project involving couchsurfers in Brisbane found they were twice as likely to describe their mental health as …

Mental Health