Uncategorized Prone to feeling guilty can mean likely more trustworthy

Prone to feeling guilty can mean likely more trustworthy

New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that when it comes to predicting who is most likely to act in a trustworthy manner, one of the most important factors is the anticipation of guilt. In the study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, “Who is Trustworthy? Predicting Trustworthy …

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Uncategorized Over 60? Try sugar for improved memory

Over 60? Try sugar for improved memory

Sugar improves memory in older adults – and makes them more motivated to perform difficult tasks at full capacity – according to new research by the University of Warwick. Led by PhD student Konstantinos Mantantzis, Professor Elizabeth Maylor and Dr Friederike Schlaghecken in Warwick’s Department of Psychology, the study found that increasing blood sugar levels …

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Uncategorized Climate change split not that wide

Climate change split not that wide

The study also reveals that people are more likely to support the same climate policy proposal when they think that their own political party supports it. Further, both Democrats and Republicans overestimate how much their peers oppose the ideas of the other party. “Democratic and Republican citizens alike evaluate a carbon tax or cap and …

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Uncategorized Cognition can easily fall with dehydration

Cognition can easily fall with dehydration

Anyone lost in a desert hallucinating mirages knows that extreme dehydration discombobulates the mind. But just two hours of vigorous yard work in the summer sun without drinking fluids could be enough to blunt concentration, according to a new study. Cognitive functions often wilt as water departs the body, researchers at the Georgia Institute of …

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Uncategorized PTSD of prison employees equal to war vets

PTSD of prison employees equal to war vets

Prison employees experience PTSD on par with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, a new study from a Washington State University College of Nursing researcher found. Working conditions in a prison can include regular exposure to violence and trauma, and threats of harm to the workers and their families. Previous studies have shown that prison workers …

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Uncategorized Look at the big picture for better decisions

Look at the big picture for better decisions

In the study, Stillman and his colleagues found that people tended to make the most efficient decision – the one that resulted in the most overall value for the group – when they looked at the big picture, or saw the forest for the trees. This “big picture” perspective is what psychologists call “high-level construal” …

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Uncategorized Vicious Cycles: Financial, Physical and Mental Health

Vicious Cycles: Financial, Physical and Mental Health

Feedback loops are powerful forces of nature. Melting polar ice caps reduce the earth’s reflectivity, causing it to absorb more heat from the sun, which accelerates the melting. The cumulative, accelerating aspects of such loops make it imperative to break the cycle before it gets out of control. … Individuals can take steps to improve their …

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Uncategorized Is sexually harassing subordinates a sign of fear?

Is sexually harassing subordinates a sign of fear?

However, not all men at the top are harassers. In this study, Halper and Rios set out to understand whether there are specific aspects of a man’s disposition that make him more prone to misusing his power to sexually harass others, which can include attempts to gain sexual favours. The researchers conducted three different studies …

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Uncategorized Learning about lying

Learning about lying

Looking at whether or not participants could tell the difference between truth and lies, on average, players at the start of the game scored “not much better than chance — about 56 percent accurate. By the end of the game they’re 68 percent accurate, and that’s just playing for about an hour. Law enforcement participants …

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Uncategorized Human rights in a changing sociopolitical climate

Human rights in a changing sociopolitical climate

“We designed and distributed our survey before the presidential election. Our response rates were relatively low before election night but surged the following week,” said Utr�an, lead author of the study and a refugee from Bosnia-Herzegovina. “Organizations became concerned about their ability to facilitate the resettlement of refugees broadly and Syrian refugees specifically given Mr. …

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