Economic inequality has psychological effects.
It is well known that economic inequality is rising. In most industrialised nations the distribution of wealth and income is becoming increasingly concentrated. In the United States, the top 10% of earners…
It's all about controlling the yuck factor.
Most of us tend to be attracted to people who are similar to ourselves. But there's an important exception to this rule.
Here's the recipe that makes Red Nose Day such a successful fundraising event.
Who is who?
Eight studies have found that when people were shown ID-style photos of people they'd never met, they were often able to correctly select the person's first name.
This episode explores how one person's waste can be another's treasure. We talk to scientists trying to eke something useful out of big piles of rubbish and discuss making the economy more circular.
Don’t underestimate what I get about the world around me.
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A revolution in the tools and techniques developmental psychologists use to investigate kids' knowledge and capabilities is rewriting what we know about how and when children understand their world.
We often hide behind a mask of wellness when we’re really sick. Maybe it’s time to be more open about our health.
Why are we so shocked when we, or someone we know, becomes ill? It's time to reclaim sickness as a normal part of life.
Music can be a stronger trigger for shared memories than photos as we age, even in people with dementia.
For couples, families or friends who share a significant song, the effects of music can be powerful and persistent, lasting well into old age, even piercing through dementia.
This is your brain on plugs.
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Have you ever checked your phone thinking you had felt it vibrate or heard it ring, only to see that no one tried to reach you? One researcher decided to study this phenomenon.
Nick Xenophon is again pushing for a ban on gambling ads during TV sport broadcasts.
Restrictions on gambling advertisements may be effective in helping those with problems manage their urges to gamble.
Online tools are changing the way psychology research is conducted.
Tools like Amazon's Mechanical Turk allow psychology researchers to recruit test subjects from around the world. But the system can also be exploited.
Most revenge isn't violent or dramatic, but instead involves petty acts against coworkers or lovers. And some types work better than others.
Science and integrity is under the microscope.
We asked three experts for their takes.
Dogs are a huge part of their owners’ routines – which makes their loss even more jarring.
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Many are embarrassed to publicly show too much grief over the death of a dog. But research has shown just how devastating the loss can be.
People’s sense of self is partly determined by the groups to which they belong: “I’m a smoker”.
Cigarette brands present images of slender, stylish women and strong, independent men. Plain packaging breaks this positive brand identity for some smokers.
A difference in psychology could explain the difference in rewards.
Househusbands sell well.
Advertisers are partly to blame for women being underrepresented in traditionally male domains such as science.
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New research shows that the brains of people with OCD prevent them from learning that something is safe.
It's an idea that keeps returning, but there's not convincing evidence to show eating from smaller plates will make a difference to obesity levels.