Fake it till you make it. That old adage has never been so poignant in a year that has seen a surge in fake news. The rise in stories describing events that never happened, often involving fake people in fake places, has led Facebook and Google promising to tackle them. But are we really so gullible?
According to several studies, the answer is yes: even the most obvious fake news starts to become believable if it’s shared enough times…Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or join the mailing list.
Isy Suttie has felt “head squeezing” since she was young. The comedian, best known for playing Dobbie in the British sitcom Peep Show, is one of many people who experience autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) – a tingly feeling often elicited by certain videos or particular mundane interactions. Growing up, Suttie says she had always assumed everyone felt it too….Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or join the mailing list.
Open wards are better for people with mental health issues than wards with locked doors. So claims a recent study that found that suicide rates were lower in unlocked wards in psychiatric facilities.
The finding that open wards are safer for patients than secure units is appealing – it seems kinder, more humane. But the study was deeply flawed, and any move to change practices accordingly could risk harming more of the people that hospitals are trying to help….
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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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