Non-Conformist Woman

An study involving online dating profiles suggests independent women do better in the search for a mate. Many women were raised feeling they had to essentially change themselves in order to find love, says Professor Matthew Hornsey of University of Queensland’s School of Psychology: “In particular, there is a belief among women that they need […] Read More

The amplification of risk

We live in a risky world. But your inner fears and anxieties are often at odds with the evidence. And your subjective fears about possible risks may be amplified in social exchanges, a new study by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University of Konstanz has found. In our information-dense […] Read More

High-Level Construal

Criticism can be hurtful, but thinking about the bigger picture may help transmute criticism into positive change, suggests new research. Lead researcher Jennifer Belding, Ph.D., from Ohio State University, said: "People are defensive when they are told about something they did wrong. Listening to negative feedback requires self-control because you have to get past the […] Read More

nudge decision making misunderstood

Subsequent to the publication of Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s influential book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, nudges have become a trendy tool in many fields, from tax collection to public health and, not least, among advertisers. But a comprehensive review of existing research suggests that the evidence the concept is based […] Read More

Cortical neurons

We are only consciously aware of a small portion of the sights, sounds, and sensations we experience. Neuroscientists from Brown University show in a new study how the neocortex selectively samples from the flow of sensory information that might otherwise flood it. The conventional metaphor to describe the neocortex is that it is the brain's […] Read More