Research published in Psychological Science has shown that experiential purchases (money spent on doing) may provide more enduring happiness than material purchases (money spent on having). Participants reported that waiting for an experience elicits significantly more happiness, pleasantness and excitement than waiting for a material good. read more
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Colour of This DressThe internet is abuzz with talk of the dress that some people see as white and gold, others as blue and black. Show More Summary
Tired of reaching for a bottle of pills to quell your chronic pain? Maybe you should strap on a virtual reality headset. In an experiment described last week in Psychological Science, scientists showed how bogus visual feedback created by virtual reality can actually trick the brain into boosting or reducing a person's range of pain-free movement. Show More Summary
Here, makeup tips men (and women) are biologically hardwired to go nuts over — bringing out attractive qualities really can be an exact science!
Host Hank Green of the SciShow looks at the anti-vaccination movement from a scientific perspective: why are US parents growing less likely to vaccinate their children? In psychology, the search for these explanations is called "Explanatory Attribution" and different people have different "explanatory styles". Show More Summary
This week we return to the other side of reality with tales of time slips, dimensional shifts, and our old friends the Reptilians. We do slip in a little psychology, space, and science news but only to sandwich the good old fashioned MU style fun which includes...
This just in: The more attractive you are, the more likely it is that you’re a selfish prick. At least according to a new study out of Brunel University London. Researchers at the university tested a theory in evolutionary psychology that claims good-looking people have more to gain from inequality because they tend to have higher social […]
The detective work of science can be ridiculously addictive. Connecting with a non-scientist who doesn't understand this thrill can be tricky, let alone the practical problem of finding time for a loving commitment when you're married to your work. Show More Summary
Is there science behind keeping the spark alive in long-term relationships? A psychology researcher from the University of British Columbia says yes... and she's got tips on how to keep love alive once the initial lust and sparkle dust starts to fade. Read more...
Fox News reports: Study: Global warming skeptics know more about climate science Are global warming skeptics simply ignorant about climate science? Not so, says a forthcoming paper in the journal Advances in Political Psychology by Yale Professor Dan Kahan. He finds that skeptics score about the same (in fact slightly better) on climate science questions.…
Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy dramatically reduces suicide attempts among at-risk military personnel, according to findings from a research study that included investigators from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. read more
In a study literally entitled "Sick of our loans," researchers looked into the link between mountains of student loan debt and the psychological health of young American adults. They found that relentless, lifelong pursuit for an impossibly high sum of money like the monster from It Follows tends to harm people's mental states. Who would've thought?
Teens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are actually at greater risk of obesity as adults, according to research findings forthcoming in Psychological Science. read more
“You can’t play 20 questions with nature and win” is the title of Allen Newell‘s 1973 paper, a classic in cognitive science. In the paper he confesses that although he sees many excellent psychology experiments, all making undeniable scientific contributions, he can’t imagine them cohering into progress for the field as a whole. He describes […]
A team of Canadian researchers has combined the art of magic and the science of psychology to demonstrate how certain contextual factors can sway the decisions people make, even though they may feel that they are choosing freely.
The 100 continues to be one of the best science fiction series on television today. Last week’s episode, Coupe de Grace, had power struggles both among the Sky People and at Mount Weather as on this show no group is without internal conflict. Ever since the parents landed on earth there has been a question [...]Show More Summary
Terrifying circumstances, graphic videos. Here's the science and psychology that explains why we can't look away
… and I basically have been, in my heart, I will always love psychology because you can teach chicks to walk towards cards with dots, and it deservedly becomes a Science paper. This is so cool. The short version: The authors put some baby chicks in an apartment and taught them that food was behind […]
I’ve been coming across these issues from several different directions lately, and I wanted to get the basic idea down without killing myself in the writing of it. So consider this a sketchy first draft. The starting point is “behavioral economics,” also known as the “heuristics and biases” subfield of cognitive psychology. Show More Summary
How much do you trust your brain? We're asking, because a new study published in Psychological Science provides scientific evidence that it's not hard to manipulate people's memories -- even to make them believe they've committed a crime. Researchers...