Psychology & Psychiatry

Why obeying orders can make us do terrible things

War atrocities are sometimes committed by 'normal' people obeying orders. Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience measured brain activity while participants inflicted pain and found that obeying orders ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Invisible barriers cut down on cheating

You know those cardboard partitions that sometimes separate kids taking a test? The ones meant to prevent cheating? According to a new study by an international team of researchers, a see-through partition does the trick, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Bad to the bone or just bad behavior?

Hannibal. Voldemort. Skeletor and Gargamel. It's hard to imagine any nefarious villain having redeeming qualities. But what if someone were to tell you that the Joker is a monster only because he learned the behavior from ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Psychology behind why your mom may be the mother of all heroes

Each May, the United States celebrates Mother's Day, and for good reason. According to surveys I've conducted, over 25% of Americans cite their mother as their number one hero. Fathers come in a distant second at 16%.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Study offers insight into how people judge good from bad

New research published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE sheds light on how people decide whether behavior is moral or immoral. The findings could serve as a framework for informing the development of artificial intelligence ...

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