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Dating Friends Brings Benefits

A study from the journal of Psychological Science found a bigger disparity in attractiveness among couples that were friends before dating. Why the friendzone may be a path to love.

The science behind why we like, share, and comment on Facebook

We don’t just share, post, and like on Facebook for the fun of it; there's more to it. There's actually psychological science behind it. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat

Polish Professor Explains Warsaw's Craving for US Military Bases

In a recent article for news magazine Przeglad, respected Jagiellonian University political science professor Bronislaw Lagowski explained the reasoning, both political and psychological, behind the Polish government's aspirations to station US bases on Polish soil.

The shame of psychology

A sociologist would like psychologists to talk about emotion -- not simply to share feelings, but to advance science. According to the sociologists, intuition could be the catalyst that enables psychology to progress in areas in which it has stagnated.

“When more data steer us wrong: replications with the wrong dependent measure perpetuate erroneous conclusions”

Evan Heit sent in this article with Caren Rotello and Chad Dubé: There is a replication crisis in science, to which psychological research has not been immune: Many effects have proven uncomfortably difficult to reproduce. Although the...Show More Summary

15 Things You Might Not Know About ‘Memento’

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Long before the launch of his colossal Batman reboot, or original science fiction blockbusters like Inception and Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan made a name for himself with 2000's innovative psychological thriller Memento....Show More Summary

Study: Skeptics reject charity appeals, which blame disasters on climate change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A study by Daniel A. Chapman and Brian Lickel, of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, claims that skeptics are less likely to contribute to a relief appeal for a natural disaster, if the appeal blames the disaster on climate change. The abstract of the…

Psychologist Agrees Inside Out Nails the Science of Feels, Emotions, and Memories - You mean there's a little Amy Poehler in my head?

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

According to Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at University of California, Berkeley, Pixar accurately portrayed what the emotional state of an eleven year old may look like; there's actual science to a lot of the stylistic choices in the film.

Wanted: political diversity in social psychology

A fascinating article on why social psychology needs more political diversity is due to be published in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Sadly the full article is locked behind a paywall but the abstract gives an excellent summary of the article and the wider problem itself. Political Diversity Will Improve Social Psychological Science. Duarte JL, Crawford […]

10 things you want to know about human nature if you’re fighting climate change

Here's wisdom gleaned from interviews with dozens of experts in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, economics, and political science.

The Psychology Of Why So Many People Are Anti-GMO

Scientists say that GMOs are just fine. But the public thinks otherwise. Are our fears rational? Think of a science denier, and you might picture someone arguing that climate change isn't real or vaccines cause autism. But the biggest chasm between scientists and the public is actually over GMOs: 88% of U.S. Show More Summary

SCIENCE: Women of all ages more likely to have serious mental health problems than men, report says…

SCIENCE: Women of all ages more likely to have serious mental health problems than men, report says. “Pratt said she could not explain why women have higher rates of serious psychological distress. ‘As I’m sure you are aware, we see this in major depression as well, but I don’t know that anyone has ever come […]

How Exercise Can Fuel Mental 'Time Travel' And Boost Creativity

last monthNews : Huffington Post

By: Wendy Suzuki, NYU Center for Neural Science Published: May 19, 2015 09:00am ET on LiveScience. Wendy Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University (NYU)'s Center for Neural Science. A popular speaker,...Show More Summary

Science Explains How Your Spouse's Personality Affects Your Career

Who you marry doesn't affect just your happiness at home -- your spouse can also play a major role in your career prosperity, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis. This study, published in Psychological Science, discovered that it's not only your personality that matters when it comes to achievement. Show More Summary

Preliminary RCT Results: Neuro BLISS(r) Reduces Stress

During a symposium at the Association for Psychological Sciences Conference on Saturday afternoon, world-renowned researchers from Swinburne University in Australia announced the results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial in which a L-Theanine-based beverage (neuro BLISS) significantly reduced stress and cortisol levels in healthy, young adults.

Iron Fish is a Psychological Thriller Set in the Deep Sea

Iron Fish aims to blend "science and the supernatural" at the bottom of our own oceans.

Solo investigator outdated: Team science is better science

A National Research Council paper concludes that scientific research is increasingly dominated by teams - a promising approach that is also rife with challenges. Steve Kozlowski, professor of psychology at Michigan State University,Show More Summary

Those who lack moral relativism and believe some are just evil support harsher criminal punishments

Our belief in pure evil influences our feelings about capital punishment, finds a Kansas State University psychology study. Donald Saucier, associate professor of psychological sciences and 2015-2016 Coffman chair for distinguished teaching scholars, looked at how beliefs in pure evil influenced how people treated those who committed crimes. Show More Summary

Sorry, Evo Psych Fans. Our Caveman Ancestors Probably Practiced Gender Equality. 

It's a sad week for evolutionary psychology buffs. A new paper out in Science, by a group of scientists led by University College London anthropologist Mark Dyble, suggests that despite widespread claims to the contrary, early hunter-gatherer societies likely practiced equality between the sexes.

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