Psychology

Who talks more, men or women? It all depends on the context, study finds

“We women talk too much, nevertheless we only say half of what we know.”  Nancy Witcher Astor, Viscountess There’s a deeply entrenched stereotype that portrays women as extremely talkative or, at least, much much chatty than men. Ask most people, both men and women, they will agree, but is this merely a subjective facet or […]

Koko’s compassion might show to the world that gorillas communicate

Just a while ago, I told you how researchers translated the chimpanzee gesture language. It was a real breakthrough, since the work proved chimps are the first animals that we know of  that intentionally communicate through gestures inside their own society, apart from humans. There are other animals, however, that can be taught to emulate […]

Heavy marijuana users might damage their brain’s pleasure center

While marijuana use is becoming less of a tabu, in light of medical legalization in places like Colorado, California or Uruguay, the same can’t be said about marijuana research. A while ago, I mentioned how only 6% of marijuana research studies the benefits, which is completely biased and absurd to begin with, considering policymakers have […]

Why you feel the urge to jump off a ledge. No, you’re not suicidal

A few months ago I went hiking with some of my friends in an absolutely stunning mountain setting. We climbed a country road for half an hour or so on foot, then reached a chalet right in the middle of a pin tree clearing and had a few beers with the keeper there who was […]

What separates the sheep from wolves in the stock market? Neuroeconomics sheds light

“Be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy only when others are fearful,” said Warren Buffet, arguably the most astute contemporary investor in the world. Research by Caltech and Virginia Tech backs this sound advice, after delving deep into the investor mind and framework by analyzing stock market behavior at the neurolevel. Apparently, wise […]

Magic mushrooms dissolve self and amplify brain’s dream areas

British researchers at Imperial College London and Cardiff University have provided more insights into the mechanics of consciousness-altering psychedelics. Their work suggests the brain is altered while on psilocybin – the active psychoactive ingredient found in magic mushrooms – expanding consciousness and activating regions of the brain that are typically channeled during dream state. The study […]

People prefer getting an electric shock than being left alone with their thoughts

Here’s a weird study. A group of psychologists at University of Virginia introduced men and women alone in a room for fifteen minutes with nothing to distract them. No TV, no phone, no internet, no books, nothing but their thoughts… and a zapping device that sent a mild electric shock. Conclusion: most people would rather kill […]

Most left-handed males are born during the winter

Researchers at the School of Psychology, University of Vienna surveyed 13000 adults from Austria and Germany and found that most left-handed males are born during the winter. The difference is statistically significant, suggesting there’s a lot more at play than just chance. Namely, the findings seem to back the Geschwind-Galaburda theory of cerebral lateralization, which […]

Facebook conducted psychological experiments on its users

Facebook being unethical – again I think at this point it’s safe to say that ethics isn’t necessarily one of Facebook‘s concerns, and this study shows it once again. What am I talking about? A covert experiment which influenced the emotions of 600,000 people, without asking for permission. The entire situation is starting to become one big […]

Heavily decorated classrooms disrupts attention and learning in children

Cluttered classrooms filled with anything from artwork to ABC boards to portraits – the kind we often see in schools – disrupt attention and learning in young children, according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The study doesn’t necessarily suggest, however, that a sparser decoration should be used. Instead, teachers are advised to be careful how […]

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