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Your Perfect New Excuse For Ordering Unhealthy Food And Drink: “Altruistic Indulgence”

By Christian Jarrett. When you order the unhealthy option to make your companion feel less guilty about their unhealthy choice.
Tags: Psychology, Health, Social, Christian Jarrett


Turns out the science saying screen time is bad isn’t science

A new study is making waves in the worlds of tech and psychology by questioning the basis of thousands of papers and analyses with conflicting conclusions on the effect of screen time on well-being. The researchers claim is that the science doesn’t agree because it’s bad science. So is screen time good or bad? It’s not that simple. The conclusions only make the mildest of claims about screen time, essentially that as defined it has about as much effect on well-being as potato consumption. Instin...
Tags: Psychology, Social, Science, Social Media, Tech, Oxford, Statistics, Oxford University, Orben, Andrew Przybylski, Przybylski, Amy Orben


Researchers Tried To Explore Why “Stereotype Threat” Harms Performance, But Found It Didn’t Harm Performance At All

By Jesse Singal. The research involved reminding female participants of the stereotype that women are inferior at maths.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Methods, Jesse Singal, Replications


Now John Bargh’s Famous Hot-Coffee Study Has Failed To Replicate

By Jesse Singal. The replication attempts involved participant samples triple the size of the original research.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Jesse Singal, Replications, John Bargh


How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion

A Juul is not a cigarette. It’s much easier than that. Through devilishly slick product design I’ll discuss here, the startup has massively lowered the barrier to getting hooked on nicotine. Juul has dismantled every deterrent to taking a puff. The result is both a new $38 billion valuation thanks to a $12.8 billion investment from Marlboro Cigarettes-maker Altria this week, and an explosion in popularity of vaping amongst teenagers and the rest of the population. Game recognize game, and Al...
Tags: Apple, Health, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Ecommerce, Tobacco, South Park, Cdc, Opinion, Funding, Israel, US, Tech


The everyday experiences that make us feel loved

By Christian Jarrett. People experience love in many situations beyond just romantic relationships.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Emotion, Christian Jarrett


Psychology’s favourite tool for measuring implicit bias is still mired in controversy

By Jesse Singal. A new review aims to move on from past controversies but experts can't even agree on what they're arguing about.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Methods, Guest Blogger, Jesse Singal


Spike Diabetes applies social pressure to keep patients safe

It can be tough for diabetes patients to keep a constant eye on their glucose levels. Spike Diabetes lets family and doctors lend a hand by sending them real-time alerts about the patient’s stats. And the app’s artificial intelligence features can even send helpful reminders or suggest the most diabetes-friendly meals when you walk into a restaurant. Today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield, Spike Diabetes is launching its Guardian Portal so loved ones with permission can g...
Tags: Health, Social, Startups, TC, Apps, Tech, Diabetes, Battlefield, Cto, McDonald, Spike, Disrupt Berlin 2018, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018, Startup Battlefield Disrupt Berlin 2018, Spike Diabetes, Ziad Alame


New research finds there is no “right thing” to say when you want to be supportive

By Christian Jarrett. Your mere presence and sympathy are likely to be enough, the researchers said.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Language


Do social psychologists have an ideological aversion to evolutionary psychology?

By Christian Jarrett. Part of the problem may be the lack of evolutionary science in many psychology degree courses.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Political, Evolutionary Psych, Biological


Many social psychologists are impeded by their ideological aversion to evolutionary psychology

By Christian Jarrett. Part of the problem may be the lack of evolutionary science in many psychology degree courses.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Political, Evolutionary Psych, Biological


“National narcissism” is rife, finds survey of 35 countries

By Jesse Singal. Students from 35 nations estimated their countries were, in sum, responsible for 1,156.4 per cent of human history.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Cross-cultural, Guest Blogger, Jesse Singal


Another social psychology classic bites the dust – meta-analysis finds little evidence for the Macbeth effect

By Jesse Singal. Maybe the biggest lesson of this meta-analysis has to do with how we communicate science findings.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Morality, Guest Blogger, Jesse Singal, Replications


Limiting social media use reduced loneliness and depression in new experiment

The idea that social media can be harmful to our mental and emotional well-being is not a new one, but little has been done by researchers to directly measure the effect; surveys and correlative studies are at best suggestive. A new experimental study out of Penn State, however, directly links more social media use to worse emotional states, and less use to better. To be clear on the terminology here, a simple survey might ask people to self-report that using Instagram makes them feel bad. A ...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, Depression, Hunt, Penn State, Facebook Snapchat, Melissa Hunt


Why the polls keep getting it so wrong; and a solution – ask people who their friends and family are voting for

By Juliet Hodges. Recent research identifies flaws in traditional polling, and ways of addressing them in future.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Political, Guest Blogger, Juliet Hodges


The Importance of Building Our Community — So It Can Build Us

Our Environment Directly Affects Mental Health. We know that our environment directly impacts our mental health. And yet, when we talk about mental health, we usually focus on how to treat individuals rather than how to design community environments (i.e. roads, safe parks, job opportunities, and quality, affordable housing) for optimal mental health. Disinvestment in housing and schools, and limited employment opportunities can lead to poor mental health outcomes, like chronic stress and ...
Tags: Psychology, Social, Hope, Jobs, Safety, Housing, Relationships, Environment, Trust, Mental Health, Community, Neighborhoods, Publishers, Dignity, Wellbeing, Mental Health And Wellness


How to give up your cake – and eat it, too

By Emma Young. Abdicating decisions to others makes you look generous, and means you're more likely to get the prize.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Language, Emma Young


Dutch study finds minorities are more prone to belief in conspiracies

By Alex Fradera. Those people who feel marginalised are more likely to think they can spy something going on behind the scenes.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Religion, Race, Alex Fradera


The “liking gap” – we tend to underestimate the positive first impression we make on strangers

By Emma Young. The main message is that "others like us more than we know".
Tags: Psychology, Social, Emma Young


Dealers remain on Instagram as it pushes drug searchers to treatment

You don’t have to search too hard to find Xanax and Fentanyl dealers posting their phone numbers all over Instagram, but at least it’s starting to push people towards addiction recovery resources. Backlash led Instagram to perform a cursory blocking of exact drug name hashtag searches in April did little to solve the problem, as sellers just moved to unblocked hashtags like “#XanaxLife” and “Oxycontins”. Facebook and Instagram could share some of the blame for 2017’s massive spike in syntheti...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, US, Tech, Policy, Opioids, Fentanyl Kingpin Kilo, Oxycontins Facebook, Karina Newton, Given Instagram


Social Anxiety: The Hopeful Journey Toward a Panic-Free Life

You're reading Social Anxiety: The Hopeful Journey Toward a Panic-Free Life, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Social anxiety plagues many people today. This is Derek's story. "It started back in kindergarten. The heart palpitations, the dizziness, the shaking – the overwhelming panic associated with being line leader. Most kindergartners cherished the chance to stand at the f...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Social, Hope, Featured, Suicide, Happiness, Natural, Meditation, Depression, Attack, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Mental Illness, Medication, Lifehacks


Interview with Priscilla Chan: Her super-donor origin story

Priscilla Chan is so much more than Mark Zuckerberg’s wife. A teacher, doctor, and now one of the world’s top philanthropists, she’s a dexterous empath determined to help. We’ve all heard Facebook’s dorm-room origin story, but Chan’s epiphany of impact came on a playground. In this touching interview this week at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Chan reveals how a child too embarrassed to go to class because of their broken front teeth inspired her to tackle healthcare. “How could I have prevented it? ...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Video, Education, Government, Tech, Biotech, Philanthropy, Bio, Priscilla Chan, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Max, Mark


Super altruists (who’ve donated a kidney to a stranger) show heightened empathic brain activity when witnessing strangers in pain

By Christian Jarrett. The new findings help inform the debate on the role of empathy in altruism.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Brain, Morality, Christian Jarrett


Brainwave study suggests sexual posing, but not bare skin, leads to automatic objectification

By Alex Fradera. That seeing skin can rouse some sexual feeling, but doesn’t automatically make us see the person any less, seems to me to be a fairly decent and respectful way for our perceptual and cognitive architecture to be put together.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Sex, Brain, Alex Fradera


Close friends become absorbed into our self-concept, affecting our ability to distinguish their faces from our own

By Christian Jarrett When we say that our close friends have become a part of us, we’re usually talking metaphorically.…
Tags: Psychology, Social, Perception, Faces, Christian Jarrett, The self


The “beautiful mess” effect: other people view our vulnerability more positively than we do

The researchers argue their findings are important given earlier research showing the benefits of expressing vulnerability. By Christian Jarrett
Tags: Psychology, Social


New evidence for the “propinquity effect” – mere physical closeness increases our liking of desirable people and things

This new evidence for the “propinquity effect” is welcome, but mysteries remain about why it occurs. By Emma Young
Tags: Psychology, Social


Does receiving favours and freebies make you uncomfortable? Maybe you have “reciprocity anxiety”

Researchers have devised a new reciprocity anxiety scale. By Christian Jarrett
Tags: Psychology, Social, Money


Underestimating the power of gratitude – recipients of thank-you letters are more touched than we expect

The asymmetry between the perspective of the expresser of gratitude and the recipient means that we often refrain from a "powerful act of civility" that would benefit both parties. By Christian Jarrett
Tags: Psychology, Social, Emotion


After analysing the field’s leading journal, a psychologist asks: Is social psychology still the science of behaviour?

Social psychology's classic studies focused on observable behaviour. Today the field mostly involves questionnaires and key presses. By Alex Fradera
Tags: Psychology, Social, Methods



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