Do subtle attempts to change your actions still work when you know they’re happening? It was thought that it’s easier to manipulate people who are kept in the dark, but it now seems we don’t mind being clearly “nudged” to behave in certain ways.Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or join the mailing list.
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Despite falling drug use, record numbers of people are dying in drug-related deaths in the UK. What’s behind the trend? Some newspapers have suggested that the rise in deaths is due to rising drug use among the affluent and the rising purity of illegal party drugs, and there has been much concern over new psychoactive substances, but does the data back up these claims? A deep dig into the evidence suggests that the reality is far more complicated.
It can seem like barely a week goes by without a new study linking the stage in a woman’s monthly cycle to her preferences in a sexual partner. Reportedly, when women are ovulating they are attracted to men who are healthier, more dominant, more masculine, have higher testosterone levels– the list goes on. But do women really exhibit such behavioural changes – and why are we so fascinated by the idea that they do?Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or join the mailing list.
Can we ever study ourselves without our expectations affecting our conclusions? A damning report suggests that bias on the part of researchers has made vast numbers of studies in social psychology unreliable. Social psychology is the study of how human behaviour is affected by other people, and it seems to be particularly vulnerable to unreliable findings and conflicting explanations….Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or join the mailing list.
Last month, the drinking water in a Colorado town was declared unsafe, because it had been contaminated by an ingredient from cannabis. It took two days to discover that this was not the case – a water test had turned up a false positive result. In fact, false positives are widespread in our everyday lives, and we seem to have an innate inability to get to grips with them…Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or join the mailing list.
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