With new research, the modest personality trait of ‘intellectual humility’ finally gets its moment in the spotlight. Credit: Jonathan Fuller “Intellectual humility” has been something of a wallflower among personality traits, receiving far less scholarly attention than such brash qualities as egotism or hostility. Yet this little-studied characteristic may influence people’s decision-making abilities in politics,

Milgram experiment tests people’s willingness to deliverer electric shocks to another person when encouraged by an experimenter.Image Credit:Flickr/Ape Lad The title is direct, “Would you deliver an electric shock in 2015?” and the answer, according to the results of this replication study, is yes. Social psychologists from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in

Customers rarely post on a brand’s page on their own and typically only see a fraction of a brand’s Facebook content unless they are targeted with paid advertising. Image Credit: Flickr/Global Panorama Social media managers who think that simply building up followers on Facebook is enough to boost a brand’s sales may not “like” a

A new research has found that people appear to be better than chance at correctly matching people’s names to their faces, and it may have something to do with cultural stereotypes we attach to names. Image credit: Flickr/Peter Miller If your name is Fred, do you look like a Fred? You might — and others

Credit: Association for Psychological Science We use others’ eyes – whether they’re widened or narrowed – to infer emotional states, and the inferences we make align with the optical function of those expressions, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research reveals, for example, that

Emotions are not innately programmed into our brains, but, in fact, are cognitive states resulting from the gathering of information, New York University Professor Joseph LeDoux and Richard Brown, a professor at the City University of New York, conclude in the latest issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We argue

Psychologists have found that the emotional benefits of compassionate acts are significant for the giver, whether or not the recipient is even aware of the act. Image credit:Flickr/Pia Kristine We’ve all heard that it’s better to give than to receive. Now there’s empirical evidence to show that being compassionate to a spouse is rewarding in

Examples of color variation between pre- and post-supplementation byTreatment condition. The top photographs show the Beta-carotene participant, The bottom photographs show the placebo participant. The left side is pre-supplementation and the right side is post-supplementation. Credit: Yong Zhi Foo Findings published in the journal Behavioral Ecology reveal that skin with yellow and red pigments is

Image Credit: Flickr/stefan koopmans Infants as young as 20 months of age expect adults to display surprise when discovering a false belief, according to a new study from UC Merced professor Rose Scott. Previous research suggested that children younger than 4 years old could not recognize when people held beliefs different from their own. Scott’s

The researchers found that anxiety disorder patients had sharply reduced stress-hormone and inflammatory responses to a stressful situation after taking a mindfulness meditation course. Image Credit: Flickr/Loky Stelaris Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular treatment for anxiety, but testing its effectiveness in a convincing way has been difficult. Now a rigorously designed, NIH-sponsored clinical trial

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