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New research provides evidence that conspiracy theories could be considered as a social stigma. Ridiculing conspiracy theories has been suggested as a means to reduce them but this may increase the social stigma attached to conspiracy theories that can be a source of social exclusion.
Childhood Antibiotics Could Raise Risk of Mental Illness, Study Finds. Children who were hospitalized and treated for an infection were 84 percent more likely to be hospitalized for mental illness and 42 percent more likely to be given antipsychotics.
Mass proliferation of information evolving beyond our control, says new psychology research. The huge proliferation of information and communication is creating “attentional bottlenecks” which are acting to limit our choices to those based on fear, peer pressure, and global groupthink.
Being yelled at: Our brain on alert in a flash - "Researchers from the University of Geneva studied the way our attention focuses on different sounds in our environment and observed how the brain is alerted when it perceives anger."
The brain doesn't care about being perfect - The psychology of perfectionism makes you feel meaningless, leading to self-doubt, perceived failure, and lack of confidence. The solution, research says, is to apply top-down "frame shifts."
People who experience childhood maltreatment frequently have perturbations in their brain architecture, regardless of whether they develop psychiatric symptoms, but a study in Biological Psychiatry found additional alterations in people who don’t develop symptoms.
Battling back against stress and anxiety depends on how time is represented and encoded in the mind/brain. Present stress is different from past stress is different from future stress. The associated tactics differ as a result.
"Maternal prenatal depressive symptoms and risk for early-life psychopathology in offspring: genetic analyses in the Norwegian Mother and Child Birth Cohort Study", Hannigan et al 2018 [genetic confounding]
He used to steal cars, now he runs a stem cell research company! James Fallon is a neuroscientist with the brain of a psychopath, who talked to me about how positive early childhood experience can prevent violent genes from being activated (and also about what's inside Putin's brain...)
Introverts can feel out of place within our Western culture that values extraversion. A new study found that introverts become unhappy with themselves if they compare themselves to an extraverted cultural ideal, but if they accept their authentic, quiet selves, they can flourish and be fulfilled.
Researchers find that groups comprised of strangers may become more effective in enforcing social norms as they manage to tacitly coordinate on the strongest member to sanction norm breakers alone.
People should avoid social media after a failure because a culture of happiness may increase rumination over failure. The greater emphasis a culture places on happiness, and the greater the societal pressure is to not experience negative emotions, the more poorly we might react to negative emotions.
Narcissists are less likely to support democracy, finds a new study, which suggests this is probably because narcissists tend to feel entitled and superior to others, which results in lower tolerance of diverse political opinions.
The urge to squeeze or even bite a cute puppy, or being compelled to pinch a baby’s cheeks without a desire to harm it, is called “cute aggression”, and a new electrophysiology (ERP) study is the first to confirm a neural basis for this phenomenon.
New research helps alleviate the dooming thought that your self-control abilities are completely pre-determined (and depletable). The study looked at how personal narratives play a role in self-regulations skills and found that it’s all about how we view the task.
Teens don’t have to be underweight to have anorexia. A new study finds that 31 percent of patients with anorexia nervosa had all the cognitive features and physical complications of the disease without being underweight.
Real-world learning experiences, like summer camps, can significantly improve children’s knowledge in a matter of just days, a new study suggests. The study is one of the first to show how quickly knowledge organization changes can occur in children.
A study indicates that sleep problems are both prevalent and increasing among students. These findings extend on the mental health crisis facing college students today, and emphasize that sleep problems, equal to mental health problems, warrant attention as a public health concern in this population
Study quantifies importance of team chemistry in sports - Analyzing statistical data from pro sports leagues and online games, researchers find past shared success among team members improves their odds of winning future games — findings that have implications for business and even space research.
Study finds bad bosses could turn you into a great boss - When offered leadership opportunities, prior victims of workplace abuse are more likely to treat their own subordinates better by learning from the bad behavior of their bosses.
I’ll believe it when I meme it - "Memes can be used to spread prejudiced messages and are more likely to be believed if they are paired with a lot of likes from like-minded people, researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found."
Researchers studied the "zero acquaintance effect" that makes narcissists so magnetic upon first meeting. They found that people misperceive narcissists as having high self-esteem based on their physical appearance, even if this may not be true, and people are drawn to others with high self-esteem.
Bigger brains are smarter, but not by much - Using a larger dataset than all previous studies on the subject combined, researchers found a small but significant connection between brain size and cognitive performance.
Those who ghost are believed to subscribe more to destiny beliefs than growth beliefs. To them, relationships are either perfect or not which is why they may see no point in working on the relationship or even spending the time to communicate that it's over.
Parents who force unremorseful kids to apologize to others before they’re truly sorry may do more harm than good, suggests a new study. That’s because the point main point of an apology is lost as children may dislike the apologizer even more after the insincere apology than before.
Older people can come to believe their own lies - New EEG research shows that within an hour of telling a falsehood, seniors may think it's the truth. Findings suggest that telling a falsehood scrambles older people’s memory so they have a harder time recalling what really happened.
Greater belief in oneness was linked to regarding others as members of one’s own group—unlike vilifying others because who you perceive them as out-group, which is antithetical to peace. So, belief in oneness might be beneficial.
An eight-year study following adolescents from Philadelphia found that cannabis use did not lead to conduct problems, but rather, increasing levels of conduct problems and associating with peers who use cannabis led to cannabis use and may predict cannabis use disorders in adulthood.
New research investigates different coping styles used among perfectionists. Turns out, problem-focused coping (directly dealing with the problem) rather than emotion-focused coping is associated with better outcomes.
Study finds children distinguish between willingly given and coerced expressions of remorse. Findings suggest that exploring ways to help the child learn to have empathy for the victim, thus ensuring a sincere apology, is more constructive than immediately coercing a reluctant “I’m sorry.”