'Stranger danger' in the online and real word

The term "stranger danger" was coined as a warning to children: beware the unknown adult, proceed with caution and be very careful what personal information you reveal. The question is, do adults take their own advice? Perhaps ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Kids with dogs or siblings more likely to be independent

Children with an older sibling and/or a dog are more likely to be allowed to walk around their neighbourhood on their own, according to new research led by The University of Western Australia.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Teens who help strangers are better off down the road

For some, helping family and friends is a natural part of life. Helping strangers is harder. It requires a sacrifice of time and energy for people you likely won't see again.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Empathy with strangers can be learned

We can learn to empathize with strangers. Surprisingly positive experiences with people from another group trigger a learning effect in the brain, which increases empathy. As researchers from the University of Zurich reveal, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

A little help from your friends just increases pain

Maybe misery doesn't love company. When physical pain is involved, having an equally suffering friend nearby just makes you feel worse, according to a study published online Thursday in the journal Current Biology.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Sense of obligation leads to trusting strangers, study says

Trusting a stranger may have more to do with feeling morally obligated to show respect for someone else's character than actually believing the person is trustworthy, according to new research published by the American Psychological ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Why we can't accurately judge our friends' behavior

There is no such thing as objectivity when it comes to your friends: According to a new study, people evaluate their friends' behavior more positively than do strangers, regardless of actual performance on a series of tasks. ...

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