Psychology & Sociology

Post-truth tendencies since 1980

A change from rational to intuitive language can also be seen in books. (Image: demaerre/ iStock) "We conclude" or "I believe"? In the...

On the trail of cosmic superintelligences

What other intelligent beings could there be in the universe? (Image: bjdlzx/iStock) Are we alone in space? The search for signals from extraterrestrial...

How the brain associates smells with places

It appears that olfactory neurons encode spatial maps. (Illustration: Diogo Matias, Champalimaud Foundation) This is what the office smells like, so the kitchen ...:...

The Psychology Behind Age Gap Relationships

Should the gap in ages between the consenting adults in a relationship matter? The short answer to that is, of course, not. Although singles...

Wheelbarrow effect promotes buying pleasure

Side handles instead of push bars: The way in which a shopping cart is handled apparently has an impact on the purchasing behavior of...

Mother’s smell promotes confidence in infants

The mother's scent gives babies security. (Image: d3000 / iStock) The maternal body odor not only promotes the bond between mother and child, but...

With empathy against hate speech

What is the best way to combat hate speech? (Image: Kagenmi / iStock) What's the best way to respond to hateful comments on the...

Do we recognize cultural affiliation by laughing?

Can you hear where a laughing man comes from? (Illustration: Roza Kamiloglu and Disa Sauter) Is that where a Japanese or a Dutchman laughs?...

On the trail of sharp memories in times of stress

During the tests, test subjects were put under stress by a committee in a fictitious job interview in a room with various objects. ...

Meditation effect is reflected in the hair

After six months of training, the amount of cortisol in the hair of test subjects had decreased significantly. (Image: fizkes / iStock) Signature of...

Active learning promotes memory and development

Learning mathematics with sounds - this interactive experiment helps. (Image: Sahar Coston-Hardy) How do schoolchildren and students learn best? In view of the interruption...

On the trail of dog jealousy

An animal subject lies in the MRI scanner and watches videos. (Image: Karin Bayer / Clever Dog Lab) Many dog ​​owners can confirm that...

When do children learn to assess the thoughts of others?

At primary school age, children develop their social-cognitive skills decisively. (Image: EmirMemedovski / iStock) Does my counterpart know what I know? What does...

Balancing act when learning a foreign language

What goes on in the brain when learning sound systems of foreign languages? (Image: SIphotography / iStock) How does our brain go about learning a...

Robot ethics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpFeHmxwoKs What ethical principles should we follow when dealing with increasingly sophisticated and “emotional” robotic systems? A researcher who specializes in the philosophy of...

How are pensions, life expectancy and mortality tables related?

(Image: pixabay.com, wir_sind_klein (CC0)) Life insurers always run a risk when entering into contracts with guaranteed lifelong pension benefits. Because they do not know...

It depends on the type of disgust

Researchers are focusing on the feeling of disgust and its consequences. (Image: drbimages / iStock) “Yuck!” Infection risks and parasites are known to cause...

Why learning breaks promote memory

Longer intervals between learning events evidently lead to more permanent memories through better “rooting”. (Illustration: MPI for Neurobiology / Kuhl) The motto is often...

Why do we see faces everywhere?

A soup chicken on the sideboard and a piece of technical equipment: there are faces! (Image: University of Sydney) From everyday objects to cloud...

Stone Age cannabis cultivation in East Asia

A wild cannabis plant in the middle of grasslands in the Chinese province of Qinghai. (Image: Guangpeng Ren) On the trail of hemp: the...

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