Big Tech Is Testing You Dr. John Haygarth knew that there was something suspicious about Perkins’s Metallic Tractors. He’d heard all the theories about the newly patented medical device—about the way flesh reacted to metal, about noxious electrical fluids being … Continue reading Large-scale social experiments
Psychology Still Skews Western and Affluent. Can It Be Fixed? When Cristine Leagare gives talks to groups of psychology researchers, she likes to take a quick poll of the room. How many of them, she asks, consider themselves to be … Continue reading Are humans alike enough?
Is it okay to sacrifice one person to save many? How you answer depends on where you’re from Who’s more likely to throw you in front of a runaway trolley in order to save a bunch of people’s lives — … Continue reading The cross-cultural trolley problem
Feathered friends: study shows ‘selfless’ parrots helping peers African grey parrots help their peers complete tasks despite no immediate benefit to themselves, researchers have found, in the first study to show that birds display such apparently “selfless” behaviour. While other … Continue reading Pro-social animal behavior
What’s next for psychology’s embattled field of social priming Three years ago, a team of psychologists challenged 180 students with a spatial puzzle. The students could ask for a hint if they got stuck. But before the test, the researchers … Continue reading Social priming
Good At Heart? 10 Psychology Findings That Reveal The Better Side Of Humanity Last year we published a list of ten psychology findings that reveal the worst of human nature. Research has shown us to be dogmatic and over-confident, we … Continue reading Altruistic by nature
The Accidental Experiment That Changed Men’s Lives Festooned with mustard-yellow drapes and a dangling American flag, the room resembled a grange hall on bingo night. At center stage sat a wide vase containing oblong, plastic lotto balls, and over that … Continue reading The effect of lotteries