Behavior

Why People Can't Agree on Basic Facts

Your brain is programmed to get a kick out of information. This makes our current digital era a celebration for your mind. While the agricultural age …

Emotions

Negativity is Built Into Our DNA. Here’s What We Can Do About it | Heleo

“Our starting point is not neutral; it’s negative.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>Why curiosity killed the cat</i>• <i><br>Why meetings often feel so unproductive</i>• <i><br>Why people</i> …

Thought Leadership

Why so many people overspend on their holidays

There are a host of subconscious reasons that make people spend more on their travels, and it’s difficult to keep them in check, writes Alina Dizik.<p>Esta Shah always plans a fun activity for the day following her holiday. It’s not a coping strategy to combat the back-to-work blues – rather, it’s a …

Money

End-of-life decisions can be difficult. This doctor thinks ‘nudges’ can help

Six states have aid-in-dying laws. But doctors and advocates say not all health care providers are willing to assist patients in dying. Photo by …

Health Care

Most People Are Really Bad At Matching Pictures Of Faces

<b>News: The Curiosity Podcast is here! Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud and RSS.</b><p>It's routine whether you're going through …

Google Play Music

Fundamental errors in the voting booth | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal

In April 2017, Turkish voters approved a constitutional referendum that significantly enhanced the power of current President Recep Erdogan. In …

Economics

How to change minds and influence people's behaviour

Neuroscientist and author Tali Sharot's new book explores how we influence the people around us

Psychology

In the battle to change people's minds, desires come before facts

In her new book, cognitive neuroscientist Tali Sharot gets to grips with what our brains reveal about how we are influenced by others<p>One significant …

Brilliant passive-aggressive notes left behind after cyclist finds their stolen bike

<b>This is the most perfectly passive-aggressive piece of revenge you’ll see all day.</b><p>Our hats are tipped for this cyclist whose bike was nicked by a …

Sport (UK)

Why do teenagers engage in risky behavior?

According to current research, teenagers make bad decisions and take too many risks because the prefrontal cortex, the decision-making center, is …

The Brain

Want to change minds? Try this

<b>(CNN) —</b> During a 2015 debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon, was asked to comment about his rival Donald Trump's assertion that autism was linked to childhood vaccines.<p>"Well, let me put it this way," replied Dr. Carson, …

Opinion

The Counterintuitive Reason You Shouldn't Say 'Sorry'

It's not having its intended effect.<p>Recent research suggests when it comes to letting someone down easy, you should probably keep your apology to yourself.<p>A study published last month in the journal Frontiers in Psychology found that a rejection might hurt a little <i>less</i> if you don’t use the word …

Canadian News

What is Behavioral Economics?

Take a deep dive into Behavioral Economics with our course The Psychology of Online Sales .<p>Selling online isn't easy: 69% of users abandon their …

Behavioral Economics

Why don't facts matter?

<b>(CNN) —</b> At a time when polarization is at its peak and truth is a four-letter word, the question on everyone's minds is: Why does evidence seem to have little influence on people's beliefs, and what can be done?<p>How is it that citing clear evidence of a human role in global warming fails to persuade …

Opinion

'Owning' Your Mistake Can Enhance Chances of Future Success

Profound new research suggests the common strategy to not dwell on mistakes and to move on to the next experience, may be unproductive.<p>Ohio State …

Emotions

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, When Music Makes Male Faces More Attractive, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: Exposure to music, specifically complex and highly stimulating music, leads women to rate male faces as more attractive and increases …

Neuroscience

The Impact Of Unconscious Bias On Leadership Decision Making

Shutterstock<p>Do you ever wonder why smart, well-intended leaders often make poor decisions? The answer is simple: We, as humans, are heavily influenced by our primary, innate biases. Our biases function outside of our rational and logical thinking and play a fundamental role in the way we sort …

Leadership

'Paradox of Choice' Theory Exposes Tinder's Fundamental Flaw

After five years, Tinder still hasn't figured it out.<p>In a way, dating and shopping are basically the same exercise. In both activities, researchers …

Relationships

How You Get Tricked Into Liking Bad Wine

There are two time-honoured truths about wine: All of it is good — even at its worst — and, when it comes to appreciating wine, nobody knows what the …

Americans misperceive racial economic equality

Race-based economic inequality is both a defining and persistent feature of the United States that is at odds with national narratives regarding …

Social Justice

Being Biased Impairs Brain Processing and Disrupts Learning

The unconscious mind is an efficient machine. Evolution has gifted our brains with the remarkable ability of filling in the blanks based on computed …

The Brain

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Each year, one in seven large corporations commits fraud. Why? To find out, Alexander Wagner takes us inside the economics, ethics and psychology of …

6 Principles of Influence You Could Apply Immediately

There are many factors that influence and persuade us to say yes to the request of others. Researchers have concluded that there is a psychological …

Marketing

Cooperation Driven by Reciprocity, Not Conformity

From an evolutionary perspective, cooperating with others can yield benefits that increase chances of survival. But what are the conditions that …

Psychology

Looking Stressed Can Help Keep the Peace

<i>Summary: Scratching when stressed may have evolved as a communication tool to help reduce aggression and lessen conflict with others, a new study</i> …

Neuroscience

The irrational way people calculate hurricane risks

It may seem obvious that whether people decide to evacuate a hurricane zone depends on their perceptions of how severe storms in the region tend to be.<p>Unfortunately, our research suggests that people’s judgment about how the intensity of storms has changed over time is less than rational. It has …

Politics

How to Dominate Your Content Strategy With These 8 Psychological Hacks

Do you associate psychology with marketing?<p>The truth is, most marketers don’t have a background in psychology.<p>That doesn’t mean you can’t apply …

Digital Marketing

How Speaking a Second Language Affects the Way You Think

About half of the world’s population uses a second language in their daily lives. Some areas of the world, such as Switzerland and Singapore, are …

Psychology

The confirmation bias driving our behaviour

A few weeks ago I had dinner at a friend’s house. At the table, my friend’s 9-year-old daughter challenged me with a riddle. You might be familiar …

Literacy

The Theory Behind A New Unique Psychology Model: Monkey Lion Dog

The Theory Behind A New & Unique Psychology Model: Monkey Lion Dog<p>Lab have just launched a new psychology model which marketers can use in order to …