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A culture of honor is more likely to develop in areas where law enforcement is inconsistent or nonexistent. 20th Century Fox/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Will Smith’s slap shows ‘honor culture’ is alive and well

While you’ll often hear people say that violence is never the answer, in some communities violence is viewed as a perfectly reasonable response to personal slights.
A military vehicle destroyed on Feb. 18, 2022, by an explosion in Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian separatists. Nikolai Trishin\TASS via Getty Images

What are false flag attacks – and did Russia stage any to claim justification for invading Ukraine?

Attacking your own side and blaming your foe has a long history and a firm grip on the popular imagination. But the internet makes it difficult to pull off – and less desirable.
The Russian and Ukrainian governments both blamed forces aligned with the other for mortar fire in eastern Ukraine and for using the accusations as justification for increased aggression. AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

What are false flag attacks – and could Russia make one work in the information age?

Attacking your own side and blaming your foe has a long history and a firm grip on the popular imagination. But the internet makes it difficult to pull off – and less desirable.
Priti Patel says she didn’t intend to harm staff. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Can you unintentionally bully someone? Here’s the science

Just because someone doesn’t have a calculated agenda of bullying another person, they can still, perhaps subconsciously, intend to harm them in isolated and emotional moments.
Wardrobe choices can be part of a delicate social dance. Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com

How women dress for other women

Recent research explores how women ‘dress defensively’ to avoid the aggression of other women.
The research doesn’t say what some lawmakers suggest every time there’s a mass shooting. Fredrick Tendong/Unsplash

Stop blaming video games for mass killings

On the whole, results from psychology research studies don’t support a direct connection between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior.
Some men don’t realise their abusive behaviour constitutes domestic violence. This needs to change. Africa Studio/Shutterstock

How can we make families safer? Get men to change their violent behaviour

What’s often missing from domestic violence responses are investments and strategies to stop men perpetrating violence in the first place.
Dementia patients are often the perpetrators and often the victims of abuse. Research also shows that a medical history of head injury can more than double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in some populations, even after many years. (Shutterstock)

Dementia’s hidden darkness: Violence and domestic abuse

From aggressive patients with Alzheimer’s to frustrated caregivers, dementia is increasingly entwined with violence in private homes and residential facilities.
Some believe the color pink can calm unruly inmates. Others say it’s a form of humiliation. Mohd KhairilX/Shutterstock.com

Can pink really pacify?

Famously feminized by the Nazis – and later used in prison cells to limit aggression in inmates – the color pink toes a shaky line between social psychology and gender stereotyping.
WWE wrestler Triple H at a live event in Orlando 2008. WWE SmackDown Triple/wikipedia

Humans roar – now we know why

New research on roaring shows that women underestimate their own strength.

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