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  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by takai
    +18 +4

    New findings about why some people fall for fake news and pseudo-profound bullshit

    People who overclaim their level of knowledge and are impressed by pseudo-profound bullshit are also more likely to believe fake news, according to new research published in the Journal of Personality. “I’ve long had an interest in the pitfalls (and strengths) of human reasoning and had published some work on why people fall for bullshit,” explained study author Gordon Pennycook (@GordPennycook), an assistant professor at the University of Regina.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +11 +3

    What Signal Does a Beard Send?

    Perhaps more than any other trait, beards are a sign of gruff manliness. They visibly differentiate men from females, mask emotions, provide warmth, and shield skin from the elements. While most evolutionary theorists believe beards evolved as a display of dominance, masculinity, and aggression, what signals do they send in the modern world? And, specifically, what social information does a beard convey?

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by everlost
    +10 +2

    Seven seconds of Spiderman viewing yields a 20% phobia symptom reduction

    Summary: Study reports people with insect phobias reported a 20% reduction in symptoms following seven-seconds of exposure to the superhero movies Spiderman and Antman.Source: Bar-Ilan University

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by wildcard
    +10 +2

    How to Listen to Your Anger

    For years, I was known in my friend group as “the calm one.” I took this label as a compliment because it meant I was stable. I could handle stress well. I could use a well-modulated voice and carefully chosen words in a conflict. I could articulate rather than emote. I felt these were worthy accomplishments and signs of superiority — clear indications that I wasn’t a weak, emotional creature, but a strong, stable, mature, logical person.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by cone
    +13 +1

    New research uncovers the psychological burden of being unemployed

    New psychology research highlights how unemployment can place a psychological burden on people by frustrating access to several psychological needs, such as a sense of purpose. Past research has established that unemployment can undermine mental health. The new findings, which appear in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, help explain why that is.

  • Analysis
    3 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +38 +12

    The Personal Toll of Whistle-Blowing

    Why one physician took the risk of becoming an F.B.I. informant to expose alleged Medicare fraud.

  • Analysis
    3 months ago
    by iamsanchez
    +40 +11

    If You're Often Angry Or Irritable, You May Be Depressed

    Physicians have been taught to look for signs of hopelessness, sadness and lack of motivation to help them diagnose depression. But anger as a depression symptom is less often noticed or addressed.

  • Analysis
    3 months ago
    by paddystacks
    +26 +8

    Misbehaving: being clever and wicked is a form of creativity

    We confirmed the contention that the dark side of creativity exists, and is one that it’s important to acknowledge and understand. People can get hurt in surprising and original ways by practitioners of this dark craft. And, just as important, an entire set of misbehaviours with the potential to help us learn more about human creativity may be going unnoticed and ignored.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by ppp
    +23 +7

    Mindfulness Could Be a Powerful Painkiller

    Mindfulness can enhance the quality of life in chronic pain sufferers, new research suggests. The findings add weight to previous studies, which found that mindfulness might have the power to reduce pain severity by half. This new meta-analysis, published in the peer-reviewed journal Evidence-Based Mental Health, analyzed the evidence from 21 previous studies involving 2,000 chronic pain sufferers. It was designed to assess whether mindfulness was as effective as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for relieving chronic pain and its associated distress.

  • Expression
    3 months ago
    by 66bnats
    +30 +6

    Everywhere and Nowhere: A Journey Through Suicide

    I did not want to die, only felt that I would, or should, or must, and I had my pain and my reasons.

  • Analysis
    3 months ago
    by iamsanchez
    +37 +7

    Are 'buy one, get one free deals' worth it?

    Free deals can turn even the most rational consumer into a crazed lunatic. But are they as good as they seem to be?

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by timex
    +29 +6

    The one clear result of Finland’s basic income trial: It made people happier

    As global economies become more unequal, and as the incomes of working people have stagnated to the point of barely affording them a decent livelihood, a small groundswell of support has developed for one revolutionary solution for evening out wealth and opportunity: a universal basic income (UBI), which is a flat payment delivered to all members of a community, regardless of means or employment status.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by estherschindler
    +15 +5

    Is a More Generous Society Possible?

    Generosity helps communities manage risk and cope with disasters. New research untangles the factors that lead people to help neighbors in need.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by RXCKSTXR
    +45 +8

    The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America

    In a damning new report, Casey Newton gives an unprecedented look at the day-to-day lives of Facebook moderators in America. His interviews with twelve current and former employees of Cognizant in Arizona reveal a workplace perpetually teetering on the brink of chaos.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by dianep
    +22 +5

    'Millennial burnout': this is how it feels

    I don’t remember the last time I relaxed. Honestly? I don’t know how to. Every time I try to read a book or watch TV, I think about what I have to do next, or my ‘to-do’ list flashes before my eyes. I feel guilty because I know that I could be cleaning my flat, or at the gym, or buying a birthday present for my boyfriend’s mum. My brain never stops. I’m constantly on hyper-alert about the things I should be doing – but just can’t bring myself to do. I already suffer from anxiety and depression, and this stress has disrupted my sleep and led me to have mild insomnia.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by spacepopper
    +35 +6

    When Does Intelligence Peak?

    Maybe that's not even the right question

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zyery
    +16 +4

    Right-wing individuals are more tolerant of the spreading of misinformation by politicians

    People on both ends of the political spectrum disapprove of lying. But new research suggests that Republicans and right-wing authoritarians view the spreading of misinformation by politicians as less morally objectionable than their left-wing counterparts. The study has been published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. “After the 2016 U.S. presidential election, many people became concerned about the spread of misinformation for political gain.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by timex
    +14 +4

    The science of serial killers is changing, thanks to Sasha Reid

    Despite our fascination with serial killers, little is actually known about how they think and why they develop the way they do. Sasha Reid hopes to change that.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +29 +6

    Are Women Meaner Than Men?

    When my teenager was a toddler, the rules for the mothers of daughters were fairly simple: Raise your girls to be strong and independent. By your own example, teach them to be respectful and to demand respect in return. And above all, tell them there are no limits to their aspirations in life, at least none based on gender alone. Ten years later, as my second daughter nears adolescence, “mean girls” are the icons of her generation, glaring examples of empowerment gone wrong.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +20 +5

    How Binge-Watching Netflix Warps Your View of the World

    Do you view the world as overall nice or mean? Before you answer that question, you might want to tally up how much time you’ve spent binge-watching online shows lately. Online platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have transformed the way we watch television shows—instead of waiting for a new episode to come out once a week, viewers can now watch their favorite series whenever and wherever it’s convenient.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +23 +5

    Lavender Oil's Effects on Anxiety

    Herbs, flowers, and other plants have been used for medicinal purposes for millennia. There is evidence suggesting that the herb yarrow was used as long as 60,000 years ago in what is modern day Iraq to treat wounds. Evidence also suggests that ancient Europeans used the fruit found in birch trees as a laxative.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by robmonk
    +13 +3

    5 Ways Open-Plan Offices Reduce Collaboration

    There's no doubt about it: Open-plan offices are the worst office productivity disaster of all time. They create distractions, spread illness, discourage diversity, and promote sexism. Those problems, however, were supposedly justified because open-plan offices promote "collaboration." While the term "collaboration" is corporate-speak rather than science, when it's applied to open-plan offices, it's usually described as "creating a relaxed, open environment where spontaneous conversations will spark innovation and creativity."

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +5

    A scientific 3-step solution to overcome the Fear of Missing Out

    FOMO–the fear of missing out–makes you feel bad and hinders your ability to focus on important goals. It’s that negative feeling you get when learning your colleagues enjoyed happy hour while you were working late, or that nagging anxiety you feel when choosing a date with your spouse over attending a networking event.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +15 +4

    Depressed and Anxious? These Video Games Want to Help

    In the coming adventure video game Sea of Solitude, the main character — a young woman named Kay — navigates a partly submerged city as she faces a multitude of red-eyed scaly creatures. None are as terrifying as her own personal demons. As the game progresses, Kay realizes the creatures she is encountering are humans who turned into monsters when they became too lonely. To save herself, she fights to overcome her own loneliness.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by funhonestdude
    +16 +2

    People expect feminist women to look masculine and feminist men to look feminine

    Feminist women are visually stereotyped as more masculine while the opposite is true for feminist men, according to new research published in the journal Sex Roles. The researchers noted that feminist women are often derided for being unattractive or manly. Their study aimed to uncover whether it was “possible that these associations can be observed not only in the form of verbal stereotypes but also in the way people visually represent feminists at a fundamental, perceptual level?”

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by rexall
    +11 +3

    For Some People, Attractive Wives and High Status Husbands Enhance Marital Quality

    Your decision-making style—whether you make a "good enough" choice or seek to make the “best" possible choice among all possible options—influences your satisfaction with your partner, according to a 3-year study of newlyweds. Researchers from Florida State University found that maximizing men—those who seek to make the “best” choice—who had attractive wives were more satisfied at the start of their marriages than maximizing men who had less attractive wives, and maximizing women who had high status husbands experienced less steep declines in satisfaction over time than maximizing women who had low status husbands.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by baron778
    +21 +3

    Breaking Down Seinfeld: 5 things we learned from analyzing every script

    Last May marked the 20th anniversary of the finale of Seinfeld. Two decades later, the newly luxurious Upper West Side is nearly devoid of the mom-and-pop businesses crucial to the show’s ecology, and smartphones have fixed the logistical challenges that drove so many plotlines. And yet Seinfeld, both in viewership and cultural memory, endures like few other shows have. Hulu, which has exclusive rights to the show, reports that the average age of their Seinfeld viewer is 27, meaning they were in 2nd grade when the finale aired.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TentativePrince
    +4 +3

    Intellectually humble people tend to possess more knowledge, study finds

    People who are intellectually humble tend to score better on a test of general knowledge, according to new research published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. The new findings also provide some insights into the particular traits that could explain the link between intellectual humility and knowledge acquisition.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +14 +3

    Why Do I Put Off Doing Things I Love?

    Here is the order in which I listen to new episodes from the various podcasts to which I’m subscribed: tier B (shows I mostly like but sometimes find boring), tier C (shows I find occasionally engaging but which serve mainly to fill silence), and, finally, tier A (shows I actually love). I do the same thing with TV shows, too — when a new season of a show I love becomes available to stream, I often put it off for weeks, even months, before finally allowing myself to watch it.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wetwilly87
    +11 +2

    Long-term meditation practitioners have a faster psychophysiological recovery from stress, study finds

    New research published in Psychoneuroendocrinology has found that long-term meditation practitioners have a faster cortisol recovery from stress. The findings suggest the practicing meditation can improve the psychophysiological response to stress by reducing self-conscious emotions. “Stress is responsible for a variety of negative health outcomes, and takes a toll on quality of life and well-being. Thus, research on behavioral approaches that can help to attenuate the stress response is of utmost importance,” explained study author Liudmila Gamaiunova, a PhD candidate at the University of Lausanne.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by jasont
    +4 +1

    Could a Green New Deal Make Us Happier People?

    For as long as climate change has been a part of America’s national consciousness, it’s been talked about in dire terms, evoking images of some hellish, “Mad Max”-style dystopia. The title and much of the content of David Wallace-Wells’s recent book is a variation on the same theme, stirring up hundreds of pages of images’ worth of an “Uninhabitable Earth” to make the case that the conversation has not been dire enough.

  • Analysis
    3 weeks ago
    by zyery
    +4 +1

    Scientists Say That Traveling Makes Us Much Happier Than Any Material Wealth

    Why do many people go shopping the minute they have money in their wallets? Material wealth brings you happiness, albeit temporarily. Only a few days after a new purchase, the thrill, pleasure, and enjoyment you felt begins to fade. It turns out that as soon as you get used to your new purchase, your level of satisfaction decreases and you feel compelled to go shopping again for the next exciting thing. This vicious cycle repeats itself over and over again.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by jasont
    +3 +1

    People With Happy Spouses May Live Longer

    Research suggests that having a happy spouse leads to a longer marriage, and now study results show that it’s associated with a longer life, too. The study was published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “The data show that spousal life satisfaction was associated with mortality, regardless of individuals’ socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, or their physical health status,” says study author Olga Stavrova, a researcher at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by wildcat
    +2 +1

    The city you live in has a personality of its own – and it may be influencing your self-esteem

    New research suggests that you may need to look at an unusual factor when considering a move to a new city – its personality. A study published in Psychological Science in 2016 found small but statistically significant links between your self-esteem and the personalities of the people living in the same city as you. The researchers decided to compare the Big 5 personality traits (openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, and emotional stability) of individuals to the Big 5 personality traits that were most prevalent in a particular city.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Petrox
    +4 +1

    Why Predators Are Attracted to Careers in the Clergy

    The eye-catching headline read, “Which Professions Have The Most Psychopaths?” (The Week, October 30, 2013) What ensued was quite a dialogue on the internet, as everyone seemed to have their own favorite picks or a personal horror story. The article stimulated debate, but unfortunately did not add clarity to a worthy subject. And that subject is: Why would a so-called “psychopath” be found in greater numbers in one profession versus another?