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Brain activity of conservatives and liberals diverge while watching the news

People with different political beliefs are often said to ‘see’ different realities. For example, in the United States, conservatives and liberals are sharply divided about the threat of COVID-19 and the extent to which the pandemic is under control. Why are there such stark differences... click to read more

  • Yuan Chang Leong | Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Views 431
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 5, 2022
How accurate is our memory?

Cast your mind back to an experience from your past. For example, the last time you ate dinner at a restaurant. Take a minute or two to recall as many details as you can – who you were with, where you sat, any stray recollections... click to read more

  • Nicholas B. Diamond | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Views 3272
Reading time 4 min
published on Aug 25, 2021
Can placebos make you feel better?

Imagine you are feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed. You go to your doctor and ask for ways to manage these feelings. Instead of giving you anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication, which has many side effects, they tell you about a new treatment option: taking a placebo... click to read more

  • Darwin A. Guevarra | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
  • Ethan Kross | Professor at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • Jason S. Moser | Professor at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Views 1713
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 17, 2021
Damping bad memories to live without concerns

Ask yourself – how honest can you be? Have you ever lied in your life? In criminal matters, accused people often claim that they do not remember some details of a crime to mitigate their responsibility. Ethically speaking, people usually wish to be moral but... click to read more

  • Fabio Galeotti | Professor at CORTEX Laboratory of Excellence, GATE-CNRS, University of Lyon, Lyon, France
  • Charlotte Saucet | Professor at Sciences Po Paris, Paris, France
  • Marie Claire Villeval | Professor at CORTEX Laboratory of Excellence, GATE-CNRS, University of Lyon, Lyon, France
Views 686
Reading time 4 min
published on Aug 12, 2021
College roommates influence each other’s political ideology

Universities have become an important front in America's "culture war." Today, many conservatives are deeply skeptical of–or even hostile to–institutions of higher learning. Pundits and politicians on the political right routinely accuse colleges and universities of "indoctrinating" students into "leftist" political ideologies. And while prior... click to read more

  • Logan Strother | Assistant Professor at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Views 865
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Aug 5, 2021