There are two splits in public opinion about the current Israel-Palestine violence, though everyone has the same set of facts. A cognitive psychologist explains how this can happen.
How does the brain distinguish between the "self" and the "other"? A new study gives a clue.
Instead of debunking false claims, psychology shows promoting the facts is a more effective way to fight the spread of misinformation.
Thinking of SARS-CoV-2 as an invisible enemy with an evil personality and humanlike motivations is a natural offshoot of the way people evolved to anthropomorphize so as not to overlook threats.
Is it safe to nip out for milk? Should I download the COVIDSafe app? Is it OK to wear my pyjamas in a Zoom meeting? All these extra decisions are taking their toll.
A particular type of mind could be more susceptible to political partisanship, on either side of the traditionally defined political spectrum.
There are reasons to be skeptical, of both the quality of the evidence presented so far and the questionable assumptions that underlie claims of improved cognitive function after brain training.
If consciousness is a by-product of our brains' nonconscious processes, where does that leave us?
These psychological adaptations help us to sustain belief in religion.
It's a psychological quirk that when something becomes rarer, people may spot it in more places than ever. What is the 'concept creep' that lets context change how we categorize the world around us?
To give the best chance for science to have an impact, we need to present our arguments to the public in the most convincing ways we have available. Applied psychology can help.
Research into cognitive processes found people who adapted their thinking to changing situations were more likely
Cognitive psychologists know the way our minds work means we not only don't notice errors and misinformation we know are wrong, we also then remember them as true.
Arguments over religion miss the point that we have religious urges, whether or not we think they are justified.
Feel like something will be easy to remember? Your prediction may be influenced by how clearly the information was presented in the first place.
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.
Humans have limited ability to understand complexity, but there are serious dangers if we oversimplify things too much.
Subtle manipulation of virtual reality can radically change how we respond without us even realising it.
No longer dismissed as an undesirable negative trait to be avoided, humor is having a heyday among experimental psychologists.