Psychology

  1. Kurdistan Workers Party militants
    Anthropology

    Spiritual convictions and group identities inspire terrorist acts, study finds

    Sacred values and becoming one with comrades fuels terrorist acts, a report finds.

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  2. Photographs of Rwandans killed in 1994 genocide
    Psychology

    A look at Rwanda’s genocide helps explain why ordinary people kill their neighbors

    New research on the 1994 Rwanda genocide overturns assumptions about why people participate in genocide. A sense of duty, not blind obedience, drives many perpetrators.

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  3. kid looking at marshmallow
    Psychology

    African farmers’ kids conquer the marshmallow test

    Nso farmers in Cameroon groom kids for self-control that Western peers often lack.

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  4. runners
    Psychology

    Running is contagious among those with the competitive bug

    Can behaviors really be contagious? Runners log more miles when their friends do — especially if they want to stay leader of the pack, a new study finds.

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  5. Science of racism exhibit in Paris
    Science & Society

    New museum exhibit explores science of racism

    “Us and Them,” a new exhibit at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris, draws on genetics, psychology, anthropology and sociology to examine why racism and prejudice persist.

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  6. child with VR
    Psychology

    Out-of-body experiments show kids’ budding sense of self

    Sensing that “my body is me” starts early and develops over many years.

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  7. person in drug store
    Science & Society

    Online reviews can make over-the-counter drugs look way too effective

    Online patient reviews put a far more misleading spin on medications than clinical trials do.

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  8. Nudge
    Psychology

    Nudging people to make good choices can backfire

    Steering people’s decisions with simple nudges, such as e-mail reminders or opt-out programs, can come with a downside.

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  9. child defending himself
    Psychology

    Physically abused kids learn to fail at social rules for success

    What physically abused kids learn about rewards at home can lead to misbehavior elsewhere.

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  10. illustration of brain clock
    Neuroscience

    Mysteries of time still stump scientists

    The new book "Why Time Flies" is an exploration of how the body perceives time.

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  11. person looking sad
    Psychology

    Long-lasting mental health isn’t normal

    Those who stay mentally healthy from childhood to middle age are exceptions to the rule.

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  12. illustration of brain as marionette
    Psychology

    You’ve probably been tricked by fake news and don’t know it

    In the fight against falsified facts, the human brain is both the weakest link and our only hope.

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