People who believe in oneness — the idea that everything in the world is connected and interdependent — appear to have greater life satisfaction than those who don’t, regardless of whether they belong to a religion or don’t, according to research.
Having not just the capacity but the willingness to take into account someone else's perspective when forming moral judgments tends to promote cooperation.
Negative emotions reduce how much we trust others, even if these emotions were triggered by events that have nothing to do with the decision to trust.
Adults who had close contact with natural spaces during their childhood could have a better mental health than those who had less contact, according to a new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by "la Caixa," involving four European cities.
Delivering bad news is already a difficult task, and being seen as unlikable only adds to that struggle. And because people aren’t keen on accepting advice from those they dislike, they might miss out on important help.
Critical thinking and following an internal moral compass on an individual level are the best starting points to maintaining a group’s integrity.
Having raised levels of inflammation in your body, which is generally caused by the immune system’s response to infection or injury, can skew your judgment to focus more on present rewards, and on instant gratification. If further research backs this up, there could be wide-ranging implications not only for understanding why some people are more impulsive than others, but even for treating substance abuse. This adds to the growing body of research demonstrating that the internal, physiological condition of the body plays an important role in modulating decision-making and behaviour.
Even when feeling empathy for others isn't financially costly or emotionally draining, people will still avoid it because they think empathy requires too much mental effort, according to new research.
The cognitive costs of empathy could cause people to avoid it, but it may be possible to increase empathy by encouraging people that they can do it well.
Some people maintain a mental shortcut, called "publicness heuristic," which is a mindset that inhibits a person from revealing private things in public.
Sensitivity to facial cues for fear and anger decrease as people age, but the ability to detect happiness cues stays the same.
The decisions of those scoring high in smartphone addiction are guided more by the search for rewards than the avoidance of punishments. This could help to maintain and even worsen their addiction, and contribute to sliding academic performance and deteriorating social relationships.
Our attitudes can be influenced not only by what we actually experience but also by what we imagine.
The more people are exposed to some piece of false information, the more familiar it becomes, and the more willing they are to accept it. If citizens can't tell fact from fiction, at some point they give up trying. It sometimes seems easier to point to the technology and criticize Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, rather than take on the larger issues, like our psychological vulnerabilities or societal polarization.
Musical training produces lasting improvements to a cognitive mechanism that helps individuals be more attentive and less likely to be distracted by irrelevant stimuli while performing demanding tasks. Notably, the more years of training musicians have, the more efficient they are at controlling their attention.
The rules: help your family, help your group, return favours, be brave, defer to superiors, divide resources fairly, and respect others’ property, were found in a survey of 60 cultures from all around the world.
It's not difficult to verify whether a new piece of information is accurate; however, most people don't take that step before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a new study has found.
In some cases the best self-control strategy involves us changing the situation to create incentives or obstacles that help us exercise self-control, such as using apps that restrict our phone usage or keeping junk food out of the house. In other cases it's more effective to change how we think about the situation -- for example, by making an if-then plan to anticipate how we'll deal with treats in the office -- so that exercising self-control becomes more appealing or easier to accomplish. Other strategies work better when someone else implements them for us.
Nudging users to pick their product over another, often in a subconscious way, is becoming the predominant way of an advertiser getting its message out there.
The part of the brain responsible for the fight-or-flight response also plays a key role in unconsciously processing a face’s trustworthiness – in a matter of milliseconds. The amygdala is processing untrustworthiness as if it were a threat. In 33 milliseconds we decide whether or not we can trust someone. Something that someone unconsciously decides in an instant could take a long time to overcome.
Findings suggest that the relationship between music and task performance is not ‘one-size-fits-all’. In other words, music does not appear to impair or benefit performance equally for everyone.