“The general idea is that it’s absolutely threatening to admit you’re wrong,” says political scientist Brendan Nyhan, the lead researcher on the Michigan study. The phenomenon — known as “backfire” — is “a natural defense mechanism to avoid that cognitive dissonance.”
The 50% divorce rate is a statistical myth.
Trust Your Intuition! Decisions Made Quickly are Just as Good as When We Take Our Time, Reveals Study_Featured_, Psychology Sunday, March 31st, 2013
Researchers in Portugal found that decisions made on the spur of the moment are just as good as when we take our time.
Watch ‘The Century of Self’ — BBC’s Mindblowing Documentary That Reveals A Staggering Conspiracy Behind The Rise Of Consumer Culture_Featured_, Psychology Sunday, February 24th, 2013
“We must shift America from a needs, to a desires culture,” wrote Paul Mazur of Lehman Brothers. “People must be trained to desire, to want new things even before the old had been entirely consumed. We must shape a new mentality in America. Man’s desires must overshadow his needs.”
February is Cupid’s month, and what better time to explore some of the findings about love, sex and romance that neuroscience and psychology have uncovered over the last few years.
The Placebo Phenomenon: Acupuncturist and Harvard Professor Discovers How the Mind Can Heal the Body_Featured_, Psychology Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Researchers have found that placebo treatments—interventions with no active drug ingredients—can stimulate real physiological responses, from changes in heart rate and blood pressure to chemical activity in the brain, in cases involving pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and even some symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.
Psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America’s culture of consumerism undermines our well-being.
Empathy Represses Analytic Thought, and Vice Versa: Brain Physiology Limits Simultaneous Use of Both Networks_Featured_, Psychology Thursday, December 20th, 2012
New research shows a simple reason why even the most intelligent, complex brains can be taken by a swindler’s story — one that upon a second look offers clues it was false.
Evolutionary psychology is accepted as the fulfillment of Darwin’s vision that psychology will one day be based on a new foundation. Evolutionary psychology is consequently portrayed as an explanatory science and the key to unlocking the mystery of where we came from, how we arrived at our current state, and what defines who we are. This paper demonstrates that evolutionary psychology fails as an explanatory science and why it is dangerous.