Don’t underestimate young children part 212: Infants can make moral judgments on behalf of others

During the writing of our upcoming book, I started to be amazed by with very young children are capable of. This new study adds to this amazement as the researchers found that preverbal infants can make and act on moral judgments about antisocial behaviour in a third party. From the press release: For millennia, philosophers… Read More Don’t underestimate young children part 212: Infants can make moral judgments on behalf of others

New – depressing – research on the Impostor Phenomenon

I’ve written before about the imposter syndrome, the idea that a person can have any success is due to external circumstances or just luck and chance and people will find out soon. New research shows that even under real-life conditions the phenomenon can appear regardless of age, gender, and intelligence. In short: The Impostor Phenomenon… Read More New – depressing – research on the Impostor Phenomenon

Want to be less selfish, manipulative or impulsive?

This new study has found that tasks designed to make someone more agreeable also effectively reduce a trio of negative personality traits known as the ‘Dark Triad’ — Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. This is if you want to, of course. From the press release: SMU psychology professor Nathan Hudson’s study showed that practicing activities like… Read More Want to be less selfish, manipulative or impulsive?

Is scrolling on social media just like reading a good book? Yes, and maybe that is a bad thing.

I hope I didn’t upset you with the title of this post, but this new study did examine a hypothesis close to what I wrote. Sometimes when we are reading a good book, we are transported into another world. I do hope you recognize this. I often stop paying attention to what’s around me when… Read More Is scrolling on social media just like reading a good book? Yes, and maybe that is a bad thing.

Failed replication: no evidence of structural brain change with short-term mindfulness training

This study may irritate some people, but the researchers are nuanced, and the results are what they are: this new study found flaws in previous research that purported to show meditation could alter the brain’s structure. From the press release: In the mid-20th century, new evidence showed that the brain could be “plastic,” and that… Read More Failed replication: no evidence of structural brain change with short-term mindfulness training