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Does your smartphone make you less likely to trust others?

Does your smartphone make you less likely to trust others?

Kostadin Kushlev, University of Virginia Imagine you are visiting a new city and get lost on your way to that famous must-see museum. In times of yore – actually just…

‘I’m not a mind reader’: understanding your partner’s thoughts can be both good and bad

‘I’m not a mind reader’: understanding your partner’s thoughts can be both good and bad

Gery Karantzas, Deakin University This article is part of our series on understanding others’ feelings. In it we examine empathy, including what it is, whether our doctors need more of…

Understanding others’ feelings: what is empathy and why do we need it?

Understanding others’ feelings: what is empathy and why do we need it?

Pascal Molenberghs, Monash University This is the introductory essay in our series on understanding others’ feelings. In it we will examine empathy, including what it is, whether our doctors need…

Sexuality in the time of Trump

Sexuality in the time of Trump

Kevin Mintz, Stanford University I celebrated my first Gay Pride Day in San Francisco on June 28, 2015. Two days earlier, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage with the…

A behaviorist’s guide to New Year’s resolutions

A behaviorist’s guide to New Year’s resolutions

Rebekah Boynton, James Cook University and Anne Swinbourne, James Cook University Every year you set out determined to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. But year after year you…

‘Parental alienation’: What it means and why it matters

‘Parental alienation’: What it means and why it matters

Jennifer Harman, Colorado State University Parental alienation – defined as when one parent’s relationship with his or her child is harmed by the other parent – can have devastating consequences. Many…

Simple thinking in a complex world is a recipe for disaster

Simple thinking in a complex world is a recipe for disaster

David Green, Monash University Ants are simple creatures. They live by simple rules: if you see a scrap of food, pick it up; if you see a pile of food…

How much do we actually know about the psychology of violence?

How much do we actually know about the psychology of violence?

Paul Salkovskis, University of Bath Violence is one of society’s biggest, most tragic problems. The human cost of violent crime is all too obvious: victims, perpetrators and witnesses all…

How learning a new language improves tolerance

How learning a new language improves tolerance

Amy Thompson, University of South Florida There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one…

The festive psychology behind Christmas TV advertising

The festive psychology behind Christmas TV advertising

Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Anglia Ruskin University Christmas is traditionally a time for giving. And for most of us, giving means buying – the perfect excuse for major retailers to conduct an…

The MDMA being used to treat trauma is different from the street drug Ecstasy

The MDMA being used to treat trauma is different from the street drug Ecstasy

Joseph Palamar, New York University Langone Medical Center On Nov. 30 the FDA approved a Phase III clinical trial to confirm the effectiveness of treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD…