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What Experts Know About People Who Commit Mass Shootings
On Monday morning, President Trump made his first televised statement about the mass murders committed over the weekend in El Paso, Tex., and Dayton, Ohio. He called for action to stop mass killings before they start, citing what he said were a number contributing factors the contagious nature of mass murder the glorification of violence in video games and the need to act on red flags to identify and potentially confine the mentally ill monsters that he sa ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Aug 19
New Research: How Much Screen Time Is Bad for Kids?
Sitting in front of a screen is bad for you. Then it 8217 s good for you. Then it 8217 s bad for you again. But, like, only a bit. Allow me to explain. 8230 This is exactly the hypothesis that two researchers from the University of Oxford tested in a paper called 8220 A Large-Scale Test of the Goldilocks Hypothesis Quantifying the Relations Between Digital-Screen Use and the Mental Well Being of Adolescents. 8221 Przybylski and Weinstein, 2017 . The author ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Aug 12
No, Video Games Are Not a Factor in Mass Shootings
Rather than acknowledge the political motivations of the El Paso shooter or the line of radicalization that led him toward reactionary white supremacy, a number of politicians are returning to a popular scapegoat video games. Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick , House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy , and President Donald Trump all cited violent video games as a factor in these shootings and other acts of violence in the US. These complaints are a decades-old d ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Aug 12
Finding the Right Place for a Home Office
Earlier this year, I faced a conundrum that many of us who work from home know well Where in the house can I actually work Unless you re blessed with a home large enough for a dedicated office, or are a truly nomadic worker and able to set up shop on a sofa with nothing more than a cup of tea and your laptop, you re inevitably going to have to carve out space in a room that isn t naturally intended for work. 8230 Sure, it s nice not to have to get dressed ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Aug 5
What your spending habits say about who you are
Decisions on how you spend your money can signal key traits about your personality, according to a new study. People who tend to be neurotic typically spend less on mortgage payments than others, for instance. On the theory that consumers use money to express themselves as individuals, researchers at University College London and Columbia University analyzed spending by more than 2,000 consumers in the U.K. who agreed to provide their financial data for an ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Aug 5
People Seek Out a Certain Kind of Person When They Are Happy
Heaps of research suggest that social relationships make people happier but which relationships, specifically A guilt-ridden afternoon with a mother-in-law might not have the same effect as drinks with a best friend. A fair-weather friend stands by your side only during good times. Recently a group of researchers set out to determine whose company we actually seek out when we re happy or unhappy. Their findings, published this month in the journal Psycholo ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Jul 29
Tech Is Already Reading Your Emotions – But Do Algorithms Get It Right?
From measuring shopper satisfaction to detecting signs of depression, companies are employing emotion-sensing facial recognition technology that is based on flawed science, according to a new study . If the idea of having your face recorded and then analyzed for mood so that someone can intervene in your life sounds creepy, that s because it is. But that hasn t stopped companies like Walmart from promising to implement the technology to improve customer sa ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Jul 29
Here’s What Your Favorite Music Says About Your Personality
Your taste in music could reveal insights into your personality, according to two studies published in Psychological Science . Researchers from Cambridge and US universities surveyed more than 21,000 people in two separate online surveys to see how five main personality types known collectively as the Big Five those that are open-minded, extroverted, agreeable, neurotic, and conscientious matched up with different genres of music. These included tunes that ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Jul 22
A solution to psychology’s reproducibility problem just failed its first test
Behavior change is difficult just ask any psychologist. A new study shows behavior change among psychologists is no different. Efforts to improve the robustness of research by asking psychologists to state their methods and goals ahead of time, a process called preregistration, have stumbled at the first hurdle. Preregistration is not as easy as it may seem, says Aline Claesen, a psychologist at the Catholic University of Leuven KU Leuven in Belgium. She a ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Jul 15
To Appear More Intimidating, Just Tilt Your Head Down, Study Suggests
Facial expression can convey a staggering amount of information not just what kind of mood a person is in or real-time emotional reactions, but also more complex concepts like dominance and subservience. But a new study out in the journal Psychological Science shows that there s a way to communicate dominance that doesn t involve moving the facial muscles at all just tilt your head downward slightly and maintain eye contact. In one experiment, participants ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Jul 15
The Science Of Smiles, Real And Fake
The notion that you can smile your way to happiness is an enduring one. Back in the 1800s, Charles Darwin was among the first to come up with what modern scientists further developed into the 8220 facial feedback hypothesis. 8221 That 8217 s the idea that smiling can make you happier and frowning can make you sadder or angrier that changing your facial expression can intensify or even transform your mood. Dick Van Dyke sang about the phenomenon and so did ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Jul 15
Political Passion Inspires Trust—Even From Opponents
There 8217 s a lot of evidence suggesting that Americans trust each other less and less . But new research suggests an unorthodox solution to our political divide firmly expressing our political opinions, even when they might prove unpopular. 8220 Across five studies using a variety of contentious social issues, I found evidence that people trust others who demonstrate strong feelings about social issues, even when they disagree with or dislike them, 8221 ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Jun 17