Psychopathic traits behind the rise and fall of Madoff
"There are likely to be plenty of people in the world of corporate finance with similar psychopathic traits to Bernie Madoff."
People hurt other people to signal their own goodness
People often hurt others because, in their mind, it is morally right or even obligatory to be violent and as a result, they do not respond rationally to material benefits.
Are we born with a moral compass?
Researchers have found that young infants can make and act on moral judgments, shedding light on the origin of morality.
Lawyers' "game framing" of negotiations associated with lower moral character and less honesty
Lawyers with higher levels of moral character were less likely to apply a game frame to their decisions and were more willing to negotiate honestly.
Vigilantism is an identity for some people
One in five people strongly endorsed the vigilante identity, reporting an eagerness to closely monitor others in their environment and—in the absence of official action to correct violations—punish those they deemed offenders.
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?
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