Study suggests that humans switch off their automatic inclination to share in dealings with strangers. We humans, who learned long ago to instinctively be generous and fair to others, can quickly unlearn that cooperative behavior when encountering strangers if we know we won't benefit from our actions. our ingrained cooperative spirit is a remnant of our evolutionary past. When we lived in small groups, we knew every person in our social circle -- or someone who knew them -- and we never knew who we might need to help us. Over time, we automatized the decision to be kind out of self-interest.
Students from 35 nations estimated their countries were, in sum, responsible for 1,156.4 per cent of human history.
10 dispiriting findings that reveal the darker and less impressive aspects of human nature. It is arguably by acknowledging and understanding our shortcomings that we can more successfully overcome them and so cultivate the better angels of our nature.
Social media sites often present users with social exclusion information that may actually inhibit intelligent thought. The short-term effects of these posts create negative emotions in the users who read them, and may affect thought processes in ways that make users more susceptible to advertising messages.
When people engage in proactive help, they often don't have a clear understanding of recipients' problems and issues, thus they receive less gratitude for it. As for the person receiving the unrequested help, they begin to question their own competency and feel a threat to their workplace autonomy.
Tests reveal that people are skilled at identifying commonly displayed cues -- such as hesitations and hand gestures -- but these signs are produced more often when someone is telling the truth.
People significantly overestimate the costs of honest conversations. For purposes of the study, the researchers define honesty as "speaking in accordance with one's own beliefs, thoughts and feelings."
When speakers with a regional or foreign accent use a very confident voice, their statements are judged to be equally believable to native speakers of the language.
As industry and academia became more intertwined, conflicts of interest arose when professors formed companies or partnerships to patent or otherwise commercialize their discoveries.
Review authors found that psychological well-being influenced heart health through biological processes, health behaviors and psychosocial resources.
All dark traits can be traced back to the general tendency of placing one's own goals and interests over those of others even to the extent of taking pleasure in hurting other's -- along with a host of beliefs that serve as justifications and thus prevent feelings of guilt, shame, or the like.
By being counterintuitive, by swerving from the well-worn path, you are telling people that there's something that you need to pay attention to.
Study is the first to demonstrate the effects of Facebook use on a physiological measure associated with health outcomes.
Study results demonstrate that agreement with a stated opinion can have a rapid and involuntary effect on its cognitive processing.
Purist biohackers set themselves apart from the average person intent on self-improvement. Theirs is a hyper-technical approach that seeks to understand and “fix” the body with all manner of technologies: if we can hack the world’s most sophisticated computer systems, the thinking goes, why not ourselves?
Those people with the highest belief superiority tend to have the largest gap between their perceived and actual knowledge.
The trend, labelled ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’, suggests some people are experiencing a worrying blur between reality and social media. over half of plastic surgeons also report patients saying that they are seeking procedures so they can look better in selfies.
If you feel you are being given a little more that you thought you would earn, then you tend to go above and beyond to restore this balance
Teens work very hard to create a favorable online image through careful selection of which photos, activities and links to post on Facebook and Instagram.
Study finds that people who live in areas with high levels of air pollution also report higher levels of psychological distress.