Can Children Save Us From the Fake News Epidemic?
Child development research may hold the answer to our brutally partisan deadlock.
THINK, NBC News
Belief in Our Moral Superiority Is the Most Irrational Self-Enhancing Bias of All
Moral superiority appears to be “a uniquely strong and prevalent form of positive illusion,” Ben Tappin and Ryan McKay write.
British Psychological Society Research Digest
Humans Are Bad at Predicting Futures That Don’t Benefit Them
Unrealistic optimism makes people think bad things are less likely to happen to them than to others, and it hampers their decision-making.
Science Says Making Better Decisions Starts With This One Fundamental Thing
New research shows wisdom isn't about knowledge. It's about what kind of person you are.
How Many Atheists Are There?
Three percent of Americans. Or maybe that’s 11 percent. This 11 percent figure may be even way too low. Simply because that figure comes from telephone polls, where people have to tell a stranger they don’t believe in God. And lots of people might not want to do that.
Will Gervais’ Blog
Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other
With his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and behavior.
The Neuroscience of Why People Won’t Budge on Their Beliefs
If you want someone to see an issue rationally, you just show them the facts, right? No one can refute a fact. Well, brain imaging and psychological studies are showing that, society wide, we may be on the wrong path by holding evidence up as an Ace card.
We Ignore What Doesn’t Fit With Our Biases — Even If It Costs Us
We tend to pay more attention to information that confirms our own beliefs and biases, and we are prepared to lose money to stick to our guns.
Can You Be Good Without God?
New research raises questions about whether or not people can be truly good or truly bad without a belief in religion.
Why Are People Still Racist? What Science Says About America’s Race Problem
Two psychologists explore the roots of racism.
Speaking of Science, The Washington Post
The Serial Killer Test: Biases Against Atheists Emerge in Study
Most people around the world, whether religious or not, presume that serial killers are more likely to be atheists than believers in any god, a new study suggests.
The New York Times
Being Optimistic Is Good. Knowing about Optimism Bias Is Better.
People constantly underestimate the likelihood of something bad happening to them and overestimate the chances of positive events.
The Psychology Behind Fake News
Although the term “fake news” reflects our troubled political moment, the phenomenon is nothing new, and neither is the psychology that explains its persistence.
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