Genetics may control who our friends are
Have you ever met someone you instantly liked? Or disliked? An “unconscious” part of the brain enables us to process information spontaneously and there may be a biological basis behind this instantaneous compatibility reaction.
Popularity runs in families
What if identical versions of 20 people lived out their lives in dozens of different worlds, would the same people be popular in each world? Sounds like the plot of a sci-fi novel. But it’s actually one of the most important questions we can possibly ask about ourselves: is popularity genetically based?
Conspiracy theories influence our behavior-even if we don't believe in them
Not least because of the COVID-19 pandemic, conspiracy theories are more topical than ever. They are reported and discussed in almost all media and communication channels. But what influence do they have on our behavior?
Leaders take note: Feeling powerful can have a hidden toll
Power is generally considered a desirable thing and it’s rare for leaders to turn powerful roles down. However, many feel exhausted and overburdened by their work. Leaders with a propensity to worry and to experience stress are particularly sensitive to the costs and benefits that come with feeling powerful at work.
Can the brain resist a group opinion?
We often change our beliefs under the influence of others. This social behavior is called conformity and explains various components of our behavior, from voting at elections to fashion trends among teenagers.
The reward system and decision-making
Scientists have, for the first time, recorded real-time changes in dopamine and serotonin levels in the human brain that are involved with perception and decision-making. Dopamine is the main component in all mammalian reward systems and is also critical to learning and memory.
The (neuro)science of getting and staying motivated
There is no question that motivation is one of the hardest and yet most important factors in life. It's the difference between success and failure, goal setting and aimlessness, well-being and unhappiness. And yet, why is it so hard to get motivated—or even if we do, to keep it up?
The link between belief in conspiracy theories and political violence
A clear conclusion can be drawn that a belief in conspiracy theories may be associated with an attitude that assumes violent extremism to be an acceptable option.
Blissful ignorance about COVID-19 or painful truth?
We live in a time of unprecedented access to information. But do we really want all this information, all the time?
Anxious about COVID-19? Your future offspring can be affected.
One of the things we know for sure about the current pandemic is that it has created a vast amount of stress, fear and anxiety. Just the things that the human system hates most (along with change).
Toxic personality but still successful professionally?
Toxic personality is a term used to describe people who behave greedily, immodestly and unfairly and take the truth very lightly (again, no DT jokes). Researchers have now found out why such people can still succeed in their careers. The trick that leads to the top is social skill. The results were published in the journal “Personality and Individual Differences”.
Courtrooms are full of bad science
In television crime dramas, savvy lawyers overcome improbable odds to win their cases by presenting seemingly iron-clad scientific evidence. In real-world courtrooms, however, the quality of scientific testimony can vary wildly, making it difficult for judges and juries to distinguish between solid research and so-called junk science.
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