September 17, 2014

9:56 PM | Why are ethical standards higher in science than in business and media?
Facebook manipulates user content in the name of science? Scandalous! It manipulates user content in the name of profit? No worries! Want to run a Milgram study these days? Get bashed by your local ethics committee! Want to show it on TV? No worries. Why do projects which seek knowledge have higher ethical standards than […]

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September 16, 2014

5:33 PM | Is it good for Alzheimer’s patients go to daycare?
Sometimes family members do not know quite what to do with patients with Alzheimer's disease, and keep them in without leaving home.

September 12, 2014

2:19 AM | Some Basics on Social Psychology & Risk
Some Basics on Social Psychology & Risk I’ve been on a cracker of a journey for about two years now since I discovered social psychology and all that it brings to the area of risk and safety. I’ve discovered how much I don’t know, how much I thought I knew but didn’t, and most wonderfully, how much more I have to learn. I find this liberating! When we better understand people and how our social environment can impact the decisions we make, we can then better support […]

September 11, 2014

8:30 PM | Reading Harry Potter Could Make You A Better Person
Three studies suggest that J.K. Rowling's storytelling style can sow the seeds of empathy in the minds of her readers.Read more...

September 03, 2014

10:32 AM | Can friendship prevent depression in adolescence?
One of the toughest stages in the development is no doubt it is adolescence, but this period is further complicated if you have depression.

September 02, 2014

7:11 AM | How the troubles affecting the elderly?
The elderly have had many positive and negative experiences in life, but that doesn't mean that they are sensitive to the trouble.

August 25, 2014

12:00 PM | Does Power Help or Hurt Perspective-Taking?
First comes love, then comes the realization that we are navigating life’s journey with another person who may have different thoughts, feelings, and beliefs than us. How do we deal with having differing viewpoints from our romantic partners? Perspective-taking is a fundamental social skill that helps us smoothly steer through the many bumps in the road, from picking out a thoughtful anniversary gift to helping us reach a compromise on a contentious issue. When people are able to consider […]
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