Unravelling the genetic and environmental influences on trust
In this fascinating study, researchers look at how trust is associated with genetics, social and economic benefits, and how better understanding these could be used to improve community wellbeing.
Genes influence whether infants prefer to look at faces or non-social objects
This article looks at how early behaviors, like looking at faces and eyes or non-social objects, differs between infants. Could this research reveal how a child is more likely to communicate later in life?
Gambling addiction may increase the risk of long-term sick leave
This study reveals the need to detect gambling problems at an earlier stage in workplaces, and to increase accessable help for affected people so they can break negative trajectories earlier.
The name game: CEOs with favorable surnames receive higher pay
In this article, research shows the power of ‘affiliation bias' - our innate preference to be and collaborate with people who are ‘like us' - and the possible danger it can have.
People in power who are guilt-prone are less likely to be corrupt
Guilt. It’s a horrible feeling that causes us to question our worth as human beings.
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."
Scientists cite need for more research on leadership development in adolescence
“The rapid development of personality, peer relationships, values and vocational identity during this period, make adolescence an optimal time for developing leadership potential.”
Creative people's brains work differently
Highly creative people’s brains use an atypical approach that enables them to make distant connections more quickly, bypassing the “hubs” seen in less-creative brains.
Early-life social connections influence gene expression, stress resilience
After early childhood, acceptance and praise from peers becomes an important stress regulator, setting us up to cope with stress in adulthood. This need for acceptance and acknowledgement persists throughout life.
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?
Narcissism linked to aggression in review of 437 studies
Almost every authoritarian, or would-be authoritarian, leader is a narcissist to some extent. One of the things we didn’t know was the connection between narcissism and aggression—though in hindsight it should’ve been obvious (think Putin, Hitler, Mussolini, Assad).
Link between personality and risk of death
It has been shown that people scoring lower on the personality trait of conscientiousness (a tendency to be responsible, organized, and capable of self-control) can be at a 40% increased risk of future death compared to their higher scoring counterparts.
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