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People view their political opponents as being more influenced by fake news than themselves, study finds

Americans tend to think that fake news has little impact on them — but a large impact on their political rivals, according to a study recently …

Why Your Brain Hates Other People - Issue 55: Trust

As a kid, I saw the 1968 version of <i>Planet of the Apes</i>. As a future primatologist, I was mesmerized. Years later I discovered an anecdote about its …

Why do we vote?

By: Christopher Munsey (<i>Monitor</i> Staff).<p>June 2008, Vol 39, No. 6.<p>Print version: page 60.<p>Voting is personally costly. It takes time to register and to …

Diverging Projections of Reality

(2018). Diverging Projections of Reality. Journalism Studies: Vol. 19, Special Issue: Contesting Communities: Reimagining Journalism and Social Order …

Measuring Populist Attitudes on Three Dimensions

Theoretically, populism has been conceptualized as a political ideology with three sub-dimensions: anti-elitism attitudes, a preference for popular …

Conspiracy theories as part of history: The role of societal crisis situations.

2017 Jul;10(3):323-333. doi: 10.1177/1750698017701615. Epub 2017 Jun 29.<p>1VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands; The Netherlands Institute for the Study of …

The Politics of Fear: Is There an Ideological Asymmetry in Existential Motivation? | Social Cognition

Address correspondence to John T. Jost, Department of Psychology, 6 Washington Place, 5th floor, New York University, New York, NY 10003; E-mail: …

The Neuroscience of Consciousness

Black horehound,<p>Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster<br>and member of the House of Lords. Specialising in the …

This is how your kid learns: The amazing new neuroscience of “brain plasticity” — and how to make your child smarter

<b>(WIkimedia/Oren Jack Turner/Kuttelvaserova Stuchelova via Shutterstock)</b><p>New products suggest they can build a designer brain for your kid. How can parents take advantage of new science?<p>Stephen Camarata PhD<p>August 15, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p><b>What happens to our child’s brain when we parent?</b><p>The discovery of …

Would you let someone zap your brain? Why 'electronic brain stimulation' is trending

Focused thinking, better memory, deeper sleep, relief from depression, reduced stress: There is, if you believe what you read on the Internet, virtually no end to the benefits of electronic stimulation for the mind and brain. In particular, a technique called transcranial direct current stimulation …

Scientists discover the on-off switch for human consciousness deep within the brain

By on July 7, 2014 at 7:56 am<p>Researchers at George Washington University are reporting that they’ve discovered the human consciousness on-off switch, …

Consciousness

The Music That You are Listening to is Impacting Your Mental Health

How you regulate your emotions is one of the most important factors of your mental health; clinical music therapists have long known about the power …

Benford’s Law: A curious statistical phenomenon that keeps getting curiouser

<i>Ted Hill, one of the contributors to</i> The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics<i>, as well as the coauthor, with Arno Berger, of</i> An Introduction to …

Daniel Kahneman On Intuition And The Outside View

I had the privilege of attending another Santa Fe Institute “Risk Conference” at Morgan Stanley. There was a stellar lineup of accomplished speakers …

New: Historical Explanations Always Involve Counterfactual History

Historical explanations are a form of counterfactual history. To offer an explanation of what happened, historians have to identify causes, and …

More Doubts Over The Oxytocin And Trust Theory - Neuroskeptic

By Neuroskeptic | September 16, 2015 9:20 am<p>The claim that the hormone oxytocin promotes trust in humans has drawn a lot of attention. But today, a …

Neural correlates of gratitude

1. Introduction<p>How would you feel if in the middle of your most distraught moment, unbound from your every day comforts and scared for your survival, …

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief  that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Milgram's infamous study of humanity's 'dark side' may actually show how to keep it at bay

In 1961, with memories of Holocaust atrocities and the prosecution of Nazi officials at Nuremburg still fresh, psychologist Stanley Milgram undertook …

The science behind rewards and punishment

(Medical Xpress)—In a neuroimaging study, a UQ psychologist has examined whether having allegiances with someone can affect feelings of empathy when …

Evolutionary Psychology and the Emotions

Ekman, P. 1994. Strong evidence for universals in facial expressions. <i>Psychological Bulletin</i>. 115: 268-87.<p>Ekman, P., Levenson, R. & Friesen, W. 1983. …

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Framing: Your Most Important and Least Recognized Daily Ment

A thought experiment: Let's assume you represent America in negotiations with me. I offer you a deal: I'll give you a technological invention, a …

Storytelling and evolutionary psychology | Blinded Trials

With one hand I (implicitly) praise the Gopnik family, with the other I take it away. Rarely do I have the pleasure of reading a piece in the popular …

Storytelling, behavior planning, and language evolution in context

Background<p>In 1990, Behavioral and Brain Sciences published perhaps the most comprehensive examination of the evolution of natural languages. …

The Literary Darwinists: The Evolutionary Origins of Storytelling

The summer of 1975 was a rough time for beachgoers at Amity Island. Citizens of the Long Island getaway became terrorized when a shark devoured a …

Why Our Brains Crave Storytelling In Marketing

Our greedy little brains are hungry for a good story, so if you want to make the sale, forget the data and make a personal connection.<p>What grabs your attention more: a list full of ingredients like acacia gum, oligiosaccharide, and glutemate or a story about one company’s mission to bring the tangy …

Propp's Morphology of the Folk Tale