Feeling uneasy about a life choice? Cognitive dissonance could be the culprit.
Sticking to your beliefs in a rapidly changing world isn’t necessarily the best choice.
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People tend to stick with their stated beliefs. But here’s how external forces like vaccine mandates can push people to do something they don’t want to do – and provide some face-saving cover.
These psychological tendencies explain why an onslaught of facts won’t necessarily change anyone’s mind.
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Cognitive shortcuts help you efficiently move through a complicated world. But they come with an unwelcome side effect: Facts aren’t necessarily enough to change your mind.
New research could help you win an argument.
If you’re convinced Nessie’s real, would science unconvince you?
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If you’re committed to a belief, it’s hard to let go. Psychology and philosophy provide different ways to think about how skeptics respond to counterevidence.
Many Australians celebrate Christmas, even those who don’t identify as being Christian.
If you’re a non-believer, then staying away from Church may be the best thing for your psychological health this Christmas.
What happens to their credibility when scientists take to the streets? February 2017 Stand Up for Science rally in Boston.
The research community tends to assume advocacy doesn’t mix with objectivity. One study suggests there’s room for scientists to make real-world recommendations without compromising their trusted status.
The year is 2067. The world has gone vegan and ‘meat’ is only a horrific memory.
Yeah, I’m not hearing that.
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Quirks of human psychology can pose problems for science communicators trying to cover controversial topics. Recognizing what cognitive science knows about how we deal with new information could help.
Targeted wallet relief.
Packaging and pricing have their own healing properties says an expert on the psychology of advertising.
We go to great lengths to avoid the mental conflict between our desire not to harm animals and our love of sausages.
Beyond being told or incentivised to hire older workers, employers need to feel they are making the right decision.
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The government wants to see more older workers in the workforce, but first we need to overcome the ageist attitudes held my many employers.
Music unifies the world into a whole.
According to recent research, music is an evolutionary adaptation that helps us navigate a world rife with contradictions.
Will you ever be able to forgive yourself? Psychologists say yes.
Most people believe that they are moral and good. They also believe cheating on a partner is wrong. So how do cheaters live with themselves after their infidelity? Understanding how they reconcile their…
Addiction and cognitive dissonance: many smokers keep puffing even after a diagnosis of lung cancer. Flickr/drinksmachine.
About one in seven people diagnosed with lung cancer report that they keep smoking, as do one in 11 colorectal cancer patients, despite smoking reducing the effectiveness of their treatment and significantly…